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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.

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.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) 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 


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

Land use

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

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Abdullah Gharib lagoons. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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