Rud-i-Jagin and Rud-i-Gabrik deltas

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA criteria met: A1, B1i, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 14,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
The site covers c.35 km of Arabian Sea coast 45-80 km east of Jask, comprising an extensive complex of tidal creeks, mudflats, mangrove, sandbanks and low muddy offshore islands and sandbars. The rivers flow only after erratic rainfall in the interior, usually in winter. Extensive stands of mangrove Avicennia marina occur at the river mouths and along tidal creeks. The adjacent arid plain supports a relatively dense woodland of Acacia, Prosopis and Ziziphus interspersed with bare sandflats. Stands of tall Tamarix forest line the river banks. The area is remote, with only a few tiny fishing villages nearby.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. An important wintering area for shorebirds, gulls and terns, with smaller numbers of Pelecanus crispus, Platalea leucorodia and Phoenicopterus ruber. Ardeola grayii is probably resident in the mangrove. The sandy plains and woodland support a typical Baluchi avifauna including Francolinus pondicerianus and Dendrocopos assimilis. Accipiter badius, Streptopelia orientalis, Saxicola caprata and Sylvia nana have been recorded in autumn.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rud-i-Jagin and Rud-i-Gabrik deltas. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.