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Location Yemen, Ta'izz
Central coordinates 43o 38.00' East  13o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1iv, B2, B3
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description The area in a 20 km radius of the small town of Mafraq, at the crossroads between Ta'izz, Al-Mukha and Al-Hudaydah. A gently sloping stony plain with numerous rocky outcrops, small foothills and shallow, gravelly wadis, at the eastern edge of the Tihamah (200-500 m).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1979  250-999 individuals  poor  A1, B2  Least Concern 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus passage  1985  76-200 individuals  poor  B2  Endangered 
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus non-breeding  1985  uncommon  B2  Near Threatened 
Arabian Warbler Sylvia leucomelaena resident  1985  present  B3  Least Concern 
Menetries's Warbler Sylvia mystacea winter  1985  present  B3  Least Concern 
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes passage  1979-1985  15,000 individuals  poor  B1iv   

Habitats

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

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: Genetta felina (rare).

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mafraq al-Mukha. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/08/2014

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