Jebel Al-Ras - Wadi Al-Makhrour

Country/territory: Palestine

IBA criteria met: B2 (1999)
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Area: 1,500 ha

Palestine Wildlife Society

Site description (1999 baseline)
It a natural and agricultural region, it is located in the western part of Bethlehem city, the lands of Beit Jala, Battir and Krimzan monastery. It consists of several regions, which are the natural and agricultural regions; it also consists of some springs and the fresh water, in addition to the thick forests. It is considered as one of the remaining regions in Bethlehem district, which has a great importance in the existence of some natural trees that were found in Palestine since tens of years ago. There is a natural way in this area, at which the inhabitants use in spring to stroll in the region for comfort and enjoying by this fascinating nature.

Key biodiversity
There are tens of birds pass by this region during spring and autumn, and the bird that are registered are: Honey Buzzerd, Black- eared Wheatear, Palestine Sunbird, and Sand Partrige. The Golden Eagle was a resident in this area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jebel Al-Ras - Wadi Al-Makhrour. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.