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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 54o 3.00' East  12o 34.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 5,800 ha
Altitude 850 - 1,530m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description The Hajhir mountains of Socotra comprise rather barren-looking granite slopes and pinnacles (up to 1,500 m).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1993  common [units unknown]  B2  Endangered 
Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi resident  1993  common [units unknown]  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Island Cisticola Cisticola haesitatus resident  1964  1 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A2, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Socotra Bunting Emberiza socotrana resident  1993  1 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A2, A3, B2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland major
other minor
Notes: wood collection

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Pristurus insignoides (known only from Adho Dimellus), P. guichardi (possibly restricted to the uplands).

Acknowledgements Data-sheets compiled by Francine Stone (assisted by Dr A. Miller and Dr M. Morris) and M. I. Evans.

References Ripley and Bond (1966).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hajhir mountains, Socotra. Downloaded from on 21/04/2014

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