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Location Yemen, Dhamar
Central coordinates 44o 13.14' East  14o 38.16' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 4,100 ha
Altitude 2,000 - 2,350m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A large wadi system (part of the headwaters of Wadi Rima) dissecting the western ramparts in a westerly direction from the Dhamar highland plain, the wadi starting c.20 km north-west of Dhamar and descending through an altitudinal range of c.2,000-2,350 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1985-1986  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1985-1986  43 individuals  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis resident  1985-1986  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Arabian Wheatear Oenanthe lugentoides resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus resident  1985-1986  present  A3  Least Concern 
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba resident  1985-1986  95 individuals  poor  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1985-1986  present  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1985-1986  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yemen Linnet Carduelis yemenensis resident  1985-1986  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   30%
Forest   10%
Shrubland   55%
Rocky areas   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
rangeland/pastureland major
forestry minor

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Acknowledgements Data-sheets compiled by K. D. Shaw and R. F. Porter.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi al-Birayn. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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