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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 800 - 1,500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary (Haggeher spelled ‘Hajher’ and Jaaf spelled ‘Jef’in Evans 1994). Extensively surveyed 1999 to 2011.

Key Biodiversity One of the richest areas for biodiversity on Socotra.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus resident  1993  common  B2  Endangered 
Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi resident  1993  common  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 

IBA Monitoring

2013 low not assessed negligible

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

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 contains site 5,800  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Hajhir mountains, Socotra. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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