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Location Yemen, Al Mahrah
Central coordinates 51o 36.75' East  16o 12.90' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 180 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description An extensive and largely uninhabited desert plain of silt and gravel, centred c.60 km west of Al-Ghayda.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi resident  1993  present  B3  Least Concern 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos resident  1993  1-5 breeding pairs  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   major
Shrubland   minor

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus collaris (endemic).

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Desert west of Al-Ghayda. Downloaded from on 30/07/2014

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