Wadi Mujib

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi LC resident 1993 common A3
Desert Tawny Owl Strix hadorami LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT winter 1985 1 individuals B2
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN passage 1990-1991 3 individuals B2
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC breeding 1993 1-5 breeding pairs B2
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC passage 1992 8,000 individuals B2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 1993 10 breeding pairs A1, B2
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor VU breeding 1990 rare A3, B2
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii LC resident 1993 present B3
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Blackstart Oenanthe melanura LC resident 1993 present A3
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC passage 1993 present B3
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus LC resident 1993 present A3
Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata LC resident 1993 present A3
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1993 8,200 individuals B1iv

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 low not assessed medium
Was the whole site assessed? yes Condition (state) assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Not assessed medium
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Mujib Nature Reserve محمية طبيعية 21,241 protected area contained by site 20,500
Mujib Biosphere Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 43,915 protected area overlaps with site 12,818


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Desert -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
rangeland/pastureland -
fisheries/aquaculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Wadi Mujib. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.