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Location Yemen, Al Hudaydah
Central coordinates 42o 52.10' East  15o 3.10' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Updates. Probably no longer qualifies as an IBA. Last surveyed in 2011.

Site description A formerly undisturbed 15-km-stretch of coast, with a wide variety of natural habitats in a small area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola non-breeding  1986  166 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus passage  1986  240 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi breeding  1986  10-20 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Desert   minor
Forest   1%
Shrubland   13%
Sea   minor
Wetlands (inland)   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation major
rangeland/pastureland major
fisheries/aquaculture major

Other biodiversity Mammals: dolphins (probably including Tursiops) are frequent offshore; Genetta felina (rare). Reptiles: Chelonia mydas (E) is common offshore, and Dermochelys coriacea (E) has been recorded; other sea-turtle species probably also occur.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-'Urj. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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