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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.

Key Biodiversity See table for key species. There are unspecified seabirds, probably breeding. It is said that the island is visited by many small birds on summer migration from May to August.

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

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Passer motitensis resident  1900  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 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

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Abd al-Kuri. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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