Wadi Wurayah

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2017

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi LC resident 2006-2017 250-999 individuals B2a
Pallid Scops-owl Otus brucei LC resident 2014-2015 90-165 males A3, B2a
Omani Owl Strix butleri LC resident 2014-2015 min 1 males A3, B2a
Plain Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus neglectus LC winter 2006-2017 1,000-2,499 individuals B2a
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 2006-2017 50-249 individuals B2a
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha LC resident 2006-2017 < 50 individuals B2a
Hume's Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra LC resident 2006-2017 1,000-2,499 individuals A3, B2a

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 low near favourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Shrubland 0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented high
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Wadi Wurayah Protected Area 22,413 protected area contains site 22,100
Wadi Wurayah Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 22,413 protected area contains site 22,100


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Permanent rivers, streams & creeks, Freshwater springs & oases, Seasonal/intermittent/irregular river/stream/creek -
Shrubland Subtropical & tropical dry -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi Wurayah. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2022.