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
Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta LC resident 1977 common A3
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis LC resident 1977 abundant A3
Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata LC resident 1977 frequent A3

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

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Geno Protected Area 44,598 is identical to site 44,598
Geno UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 27,500 protected area overlaps with site 27,500


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Grassland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Desert -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Geno. Downloaded from on 01/12/2023.