The site was identified as important in 1999 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus||LC||non-breeding||1998||common||A1|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||VU||passage||1992-1994||19 individuals||A1|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||NT||passage||1992-1994||4 individuals||A1|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||LC||passage||1998||uncommon||A1|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||n/a||passage||1989-1998||250,000 individuals||A4iv|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1999).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Red Sea Islands||Developing Resources Protected Area||180,000||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gebel El Zeit. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/gebel-el-zeit-iba-egypt on 03/12/2023.