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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

Summary Not visited since Evans (1994).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos 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 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed negligible

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

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


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jabal Iraf. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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