Izeh and Sheikho lakes

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1994 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
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1987-1992 3,500 individuals A4i, B1i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC winter 1977-1992 175-750 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1987-1992 9,360 individuals A4i, B1i
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula LC winter 1987-1992 6,400 individuals A4i, B1i
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 1977-1992 250-5,860 individuals A4i, B1i
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC winter 1977-1992 230-4,150 individuals A4i, B1i
Northern Pintail Anas acuta LC winter 1977-1992 2,425-12,100 individuals A4i, B1i
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis LC winter 1987-1992 974-3,500 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1987-1992 86,550 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Crane Grus grus LC winter 1977-1992 390-400 individuals A4i, B1i
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea LC winter 1987-1992 260 individuals B1i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1987-1992 330 individuals B1i
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC winter 1987-1992 400 individuals B1i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1987-1992 400 individuals A4i, B1i
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus NT winter 1987-1992 3,000 individuals A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1987-1992 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1994).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Wetlands (inland) -
Grassland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Izeh and Sheikho lakes. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.