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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 53o 59.00' East  12o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3, B3
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 50 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Extensively surveyed 1999 to 2011.

Key Biodiversity Important for Odonata.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi non-breeding  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Socotra Warbler Incana incana resident  1993  10 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii resident  1993  present  A3  Least Concern 
Socotra Starling Onychognathus frater resident  1993  15 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Socotra Sunbird Nectarinia balfouri resident  1993  100 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Rhynchostruthus socotranus resident  1993  50 breeding pairs  poor  A3, B3  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

2013 medium not assessed negligible

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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 overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   minor
Rocky areas   minor
Shrubland   major
Wetlands (inland)   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland minor
tourism/recreation minor
military minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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