|Central coordinates||54o 9.00' East 12o 37.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A2, B3|
|Altitude||50 - 500m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See table for key species. There are also good populations of Anthus similis sokotrae, Lanius excubitor uncinatus and Onychognathus blythii.
Site description Open, stony, limestone foothills (50-100 m) in northern Socotra.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Socotra Starling Onychognathus frater||resident||1993||uncommon [units unknown]||-||A2||Least Concern|
|Socotra Sunbird Nectarinia balfouri||resident||1993||common [units unknown]||-||A2, B3||Least Concern|
|Socotra Sparrow Passer insularis||resident||1993||common [units unknown]||-||B3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus socotranus, Mabuya socotranus, Coluber socotrae.
Management considerations Traditional land management is threatened only in the immediate vicinity of Hadibo, Qalansiya 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 wood utilization are still adhered to by the tribespeople throughout the island. Only dead wood 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: Shidahah, Socotra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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