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Location Yemen, Ibb
Central coordinates 44o 13.50' East  13o 55.74' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 160,000 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 3,000m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A highland area (1500-3000 m), from a little north of Ibb to the small town of Dhi Sufal to the south west, with the town of Jiblah (2000 m) and Jabal al-Ta'kar (up to 3100 m) in between). Occasionally visited since Evans (1994) but not surveyed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1993  frequent  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus resident  1993  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  1993  5-10 individuals  poor  B2  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1993  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Endangered 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae resident  1993  frequent  A1, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Warbler Sylvia buryi resident  1993  frequent  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii resident  1993  common  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis resident  1993  frequent  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  frequent  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Accentor Prunella fagani resident  1993  uncommon  A1, A2, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  common  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1993  uncommon  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Arabian Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus percivali resident  1993  frequent  B3  Near Threatened 
Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis resident  1993  frequent  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now 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 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Grassland   minor
Shrubland   minor
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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: High mountains of Ibb. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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