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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

Site description A coastal headland on north-west Socotra with cliffs, a limestone escarpment, rocky slopes and limestone hills (to 550 m).

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 

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

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus sokotranus and Mabuya socotrana are common (both endemic).

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Francine Stone, assisted by Dr A. Miller and Dr M. Morris.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ra's Hebaq, Socotra. Downloaded from on 29/07/2014

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