Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Yemen, Al Hudaydah
42o 10.90' East 15o 2.20' North
A4ii, B1ii, B2, B3
0 - 224m
Year of IBA assessment
Summary Surveyed in 2002 – Jennings et al.
Site description: Evans (1994) and in Jennings (2003) Phoenix 19.
(Does not include the isolated island Jabal al Tayr (to the north east) which has never been visited by ornithologists but observers on passing ships suggest large numbers of seabirds particularly gulls and boobies, may breed. NB this island is a volcano which last erupted in 2007).
Site description The Zubair group comprises ten main islands and a couple of small rocks. All the islands are of volcanic origin, being eroded ash cones and lava. They are situated adjacent to the deep waters of the central Red Sea trench (all around the island the sea has depths of 500 m or more) and close to the Red Sea shipping lanes
Key Biodiversity The Zubair group of islands hold important breeding populations of seabirds with significant populations of notably brown booby, sooty gull, white-eyed gull and sooty falcon (c25 pairs). The islands also may be the northernmost colony of masked booby.
Other wildlife: evidence of turtles nesting on several islands