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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 54o 10.00' East  12o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A2, B3
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 400 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Foothills at 400-500 m in eastern Socotra.

Key Biodiversity See table for key species. Also present are Otus scops socotranus, Eremopterix nigriceps forbeswatsoni, Zosterops abyssinicus socotrana and Onychognathus blythii; Pterocles lichtensteinii occurs at a good density.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Warbler Incana incana resident  1993  present  A2, B3  Least Concern 
Passer motitensis resident  1993  common  B3  Not Recognised 

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 1,500  


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

Land use

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

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Francine Stone, assisted by Dr A. Miller and Dr M. Morris.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Di-Ishal foothills, Socotra. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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