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Location Yemen, Shabwah
Central coordinates 48o 23.30' East  13o 55.90' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 300 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Three islands (Baraqa, Sikha and Hallaniyah) lying less than 10 km off Bir Ali on the Gulf of Aden coast.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis breeding  1955  present [units unknown]  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis non-breeding  1993  2,000 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii resident  1955  present [units unknown]  B3  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other major
Notes: guano extraction

Other biodiversity No information.

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by M. I. Evans.

References Smith (1956).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Islands off Bir Ali. Downloaded from on 25/04/2014

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