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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

Summary Not visited since Evans (1994).

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  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Not assessed  negligible 


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

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Desert west of Al-Ghayda. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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