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Location Yemen, 'Adan
Central coordinates 52o 13.00' East  12o 11.00' North
IBA criteria B3
Area 13,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Summary Updates. Surveyed 2000 – 2005.

Site description A large island in the Gulf of Aden to the west of Socotra, c.32 km long, less than 5 km wide and rising to c.570 m, with c.90 km of shoreline.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Socotra Sparrow Passer insularis resident  1900  common  B3  Least Concern 

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 13,300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Shrubland   major
Coastline   minor
Rocky areas   minor

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Reptiles: Hemidactylus forbesii, H. oxyrhinus, Pristurus abdelkuri (all endemic). Flora: there are at least ten endemic species.

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abd al-Kuri. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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