Karkheh river marshes

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1994

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC resident 1977 common B2
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU winter 1977 250 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1977 62 individuals A1
Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus LC breeding 1977 10 breeding pairs B3
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC resident 1977 4 breeding pairs B3

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.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Karkheh Protected Area 13,995 protected area overlaps with site 9,427
Karkheh Wildlife Refuge 5,026 protected area overlaps with site 3,600


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Forest -
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karkheh river marshes. Downloaded from on 17/05/2022.