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Location Yemen, Ibb
Central coordinates 44o 17.16' East  14o 10.56' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 37,000 ha
Altitude 1,800 - 3,000m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Regularly visited since Evans (1994) but not surveyed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi resident  1993  uncommon  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1993  frequent  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus non-breeding  1993  uncommon  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1993  50-900 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1993  2 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1979-1985  5-10 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Warbler Sylvia buryi resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Arabian Wheatear Oenanthe lugentoides resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba resident  1993  uncommon  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Accentor Prunella fagani resident  1993  frequent  A1, A2, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1993  frequent  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis resident  1993  common  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea winter  1993  3 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Grassland   minor
Shrubland   major
Rocky areas   minor
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Forest   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland minor
tourism/recreation minor
forestry minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jabal Sumarah. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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