Gebel El Zeit

IBA Justification

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).

IBA Protection

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
other -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gebel El Zeit. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.