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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 53o 58.00' East  12o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A2, B3
Area 600 ha
Altitude 0 - 550m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Extensively surveyed 1999 to 2011.

Site description These hills, plateaus and cliffs lie to the south of Hadiboh, between Wadi Ayhaft and Wadi Di Negehen.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Starling Onychognathus frater resident  1993  present  A2  Least Concern 
Socotra Sunbird Nectarinia balfouri resident  1993  present  A2, B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Socotra Archipelago World Heritage Site 410,460 protected area contains site 600  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Subtropical & tropical dry  major
Rocky areas   minor
Coastline Brackish & saline lagoons; Coral reefs; Intertidal marshes; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Rocky shores; Shallow marine waters  minor

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ra's Hebaq, Socotra. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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