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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 54o 9.75' East  12o 34.90' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, B2
Area 300 ha
Altitude 300 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Barren, rocky limestone hills (c.500 m) in northern Socotra.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Bunting Emberiza socotrana resident  1993  present  A1, A2, B2  Vulnerable 

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 300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   minor
Shrubland   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland major

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus sokotranus and Mabuya socotrana (both endemics).

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: Rookib hills, Socotra. Downloaded from on 22/08/2014

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