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The site covers the area surrounding the villages of Anah and Rawa, lying in the narrow Euphrates valley c.240 km north-west of Baghdad, and includes the river itself. The region is stony desert on limestones and sandstones with much bare rock, sparsely vegetated with mostly spiny herbs. The river plain is sandy and silty, and there is some cultivation (dense date-palm groves with undergrowth, and cotton fields. There are flat, sandy islands in the river.
See box for key species. The breeding avifauna also includes Tadorna ferruginea, Cursorius cursor, Halcyon smyrnensis, Merops superciliosus and Pycnonotus leucotis.
Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: the desert has a rich reptile fauna.
Data-sheet compiled by Pavel Ctyroky.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Anah and Rawa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/10/2022.