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Location Yemen, Lahij,Ta'izz
Central coordinates 44o 15.66' East  13o 7.98' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2, B3
Area 7,700 ha
Altitude 1,450 - 1,680m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A rocky plateau at 1,450-1,680 m, the scarp of which was the former border between northern and southern Yemen and which overlooks the coastal plains to the south.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Woodpecker Dendrocopos dorae resident  1993  2-3 breeding pairs  poor  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba resident  1993  20 breeding pairs  poor  A2  Least Concern 
Olive-rumped Serin Serinus rothschildi resident  1993  100 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Yemen Serin Serinus menachensis resident  1993  present  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   30%
Grassland   50%
Shrubland   minor
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Rocky areas   minor

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: Papio hamadryas (endemic). Reptiles: Telescopus dhara (endemic to the montane periphery of Arabia) and Pristurus flavipunctatus (endemic). Amphibians: Bufo arabicus (endemic) and B. dhufarensis (endemic). Flora: there are many restricted-range or endemic plants.

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: Jabal Iraf. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/07/2014

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