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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah,Al Mahwit
Central coordinates 43o 13.50' East  15o 17.70' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 6,000 ha
Altitude 150 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Rocky foothills of the Red Sea escarpment at the point where the major watercourse of Wadi Surdud flows onto the plain of the western Tihamah, north of Bajil.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita non-breeding  1984-1985  5-6 individuals  poor  A1, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1985  110 individuals  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Arabian Bustard Ardeotis arabs resident  1985  2 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Near Threatened 
African Collared-dove Streptopelia roseogrisea resident  1985  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe resident  1985  common  A3  Least Concern 
Nile Valley Sunbird Anthreptes metallicus resident  1985  common  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Savanna   minor
Shrubland   major
Wetlands (inland)   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland major

Other biodiversity Mammals: Papio hamadryas (endemic). Amphibians: Bufo tihamicus (endemic), Euphlyctis ehrenbergii (endemic).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-Kadan area. Downloaded from on 23/07/2014

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