Year of compilation: 2001
Two small, flat, coralline islands with scattered salt-tolerant vegetation, including shrubs of Nitraria
. The islands are surrounded by coral reefs and shallow waters.
See Box for key species. Four bird species have been found breeding: Pandion haliaetus
, Larus leucophthalmus
, Larus hemprichii
and Sterna caspia
Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) or Chelonia mydas (EN) probably breed.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The islands are part of the Elba National Park, which was declared by Prime Ministerial Decree 450/1986, adjusted by Prime Ministerial Decree 1186/1986 and Prime Ministerial Decree 642/1995.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rawabel islands. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 17/05/2022.