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Abdullah Gharib lagoons
Yemen, Al Mahrah
52o 21.00' East 16o 21.00' North
A4i, B1i, B3
0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment
Site description Situated 20 km north-east of Al-Ghayda, these large coastal lagoons lie either side of the village of Abdullah Gharib.
Key Biodiversity An important feeding and roosting area for gulls and terns, and to a lesser extent waders. See table for key species; smaller numbers of other terns occur, notably Sterna caspia. This coast attracts very large numbers of migrant gulls Larus in autumn, with 30,000 (80% L. fuscus) counted along 50 km in November.