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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 44o 53.20' East  12o 48.10' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 540m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Summary Studied extensively in 1996, 1997 and during 2007-2009 when the The Management Plan of Aden Wetlands Protected Areas was produced. Also surveyed in 2011 (Yemen coastal survey – Porter in litt).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1984  2,000-3,000 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1947-1993  170 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Egretta gularis winter  1984  200-300 individuals  poor  B1i  Not Recognised 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  1984  15-20 individuals  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca passage  1996  5 individuals  medium  B2  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus winter  1997  52-65 individuals  medium  B2  Endangered 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo passage  1985  40 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola passage  1946-1947  300 individuals  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus winter  1984  300 individuals  poor  B1i  Not Recognised 
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus passage  1946-1947  900-1,200 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii passage  1946-1947  300 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii winter  1947  450 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica winter  1984  200 individuals  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia winter  1984  200 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii passage  1993-1996  500-650 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii breeding  1946-1947  1,300 mature individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   minor
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Coastline   minor
Rocky areas   minor
Artificial - aquatic   minor
Desert   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport major
rangeland/pastureland major
fisheries/aquaculture major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aden. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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