email a friend
printable version
Location Yemen, Lahij
Central coordinates 43o 52.00' East  12o 41.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 25,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Extensive area of gravel plain to the east of Bab al-Mandab, stretching from the coast to foothills, and at least from al-Hajaf to beyond Bir Ras al-Ara.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Arabian Bustard Ardeotis arabs resident  1993  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna   major

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals: unidentified Gazella (rare) are reported to occur in the area. Reptiles: Pristurus ornithocephalus (endemic), P. crucifer (endemic), P. flavipunctatus (endemic), Varanus griseus (rare).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Chris Bradshaw and R. F. Porter.

Contribute  Please click here to help BirdLife conserve the world's birds - your data for this IBA and others are vital for helping protect the environment.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hiswat al-Hugayma. Downloaded from on 21/08/2014

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife