|Central coordinates||53o 58.00' East 12o 38.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, B3|
|Altitude||0 - 550m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See table for key species. Onychognathus blythii is also present. The site is well-placed for observing seabird passage.
Site description A coastal headland on north-west Socotra with cliffs, a limestone escarpment, rocky slopes and limestone hills (to 550 m).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Socotra Starling Onychognathus frater||resident||1993||present [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Socotra Sunbird Nectarinia balfouri||resident||1993||present [units unknown]||-||A2, B3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Shrubland||Subtropical & tropical dry||major|
|Coastline||Brackish & saline lagoons; Coral reefs; Intertidal marshes; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Rocky shores; Shallow marine waters||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus sokotranus and Mabuya socotrana are common (both endemic).
Management considerations Traditional land management is threatened in the immediate vicinity of Hadibo and the new coastal settlements, where incomers do not respect the resident communities' tribal authority. In general, where motorable tracks provide access, wood-gathering occurs more systematically than elsewhere, but follows traditional practices.
Conservation response On Socotra, traditional controls on timber utilization are still adhered to by the tribespeople throughout the island. Only dead timber may be removed and replanting is practised where appropriate. Range enclosures and controlled grazing systems are used in the Hajhir mountains. Wild fruit trees are protected.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ra's Hebaq, Socotra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/05/2013
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