|Central coordinates||54o 9.75' East 12o 34.90' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, B2|
|Altitude||300 - 500m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See table for key species. There is also a good density of Anthus similis sokotrae and Emberiza tahapisi insularis.
Site description Barren, rocky limestone hills (c.500 m) in northern Socotra.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Socotra Bunting Emberiza socotrana||resident||1993||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2, B2||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus sokotranus and Mabuya socotrana (both endemics).
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: Rookib hills, Socotra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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