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Location Yemen, Ta'izz
Central coordinates 43o 57.96' East  13o 37.38' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 11,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description Low, stony hills and rocky outcrops dissected by relatively wide, shallow wadis, in an arc 10-15 km north-north-west to east-north-east of Ta'izz, at 1,000-1,400 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1993  72 individuals  poor  A1, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1992  10-150 individuals  medium  A1, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1993  150 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia winter  1993  265 individuals  poor  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita non-breeding  1985-1992  14 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Critically Endangered 
Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris passage  1993  2 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis non-breeding  1985-1992  340-350 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus resident  1993  2 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug passage  1993  3 individuals  poor  B2  Endangered 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug winter  1993  frequent  B2  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  1982  12 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  1993  1 individuals  poor  B2  Vulnerable 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus winter  1991  117 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba resident  1993  200 individuals  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  frequent  B3  Least Concern 
Arabian Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus percivali resident  1993  25 individuals  poor  B3  Near Threatened 

Habitats

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

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: all specimens of Gazella bilkis (E) of known provenance came from this site, during the 1950s; the species is certainly extinct at this site now though (see below), and may well be globally extinct. Reptiles: Chamaeleo calyptratus (endemic).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans and K. D. Shaw.

References Brooks et al. (1987), Morris (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ta'izz wadis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/07/2014

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