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Location Yemen, Al Mahrah
Central coordinates 52o 21.00' East  16o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3
Area 100 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Situated 20 km north-east of Al-Ghayda, these large coastal lagoons lie either side of the village of Abdullah Gharib.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii passage  1993  1,720 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus passage  1989  24,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii passage  1993  1,750 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Sea   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major

Other biodiversity No information.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Chris Bradshaw and R. F. Porter.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abdullah Gharib lagoons. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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