Lake Kinneret and Kinerot

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
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC resident 1991 present B2
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT winter 1991 5-8 individuals B2
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC winter 1991 1,150 individuals A4i, B1i
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea LC winter 1991 307 individuals B1i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1991 153 individuals B1i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC winter 1991 4,100 individuals A4i, B1i
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus LC winter 1991 4,758 individuals B1i
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC non-breeding 1991 present B2

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)
Yehudiyya Nature Reserve 838 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Nahal Ammud Nature Reserve 740 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kefar Nahum National Park 165 protected area overlaps with site 0
Horbat minia National Park 5 protected area contained by site 0
Hamat teverya National Park 1 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ha-Arbel Nature Reserve 184 protected area overlaps with site 0
Betiha Nature Reserve 1,050 protected area contained by site 1,050


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Kinneret and Kinerot. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.