IBA criteria met: B2 (1994)
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Area: 1,500 ha
Site description (baseline)
A headland north-west of As Seeb, with a khawr and a beach, and sandbars and a group of eight islands offshore. Extensive mudflats occur in the khawr, and the headland is surrounded by sabkha and flat, sandy terrain. There are important archaeological sites of settlement on the two largest islands, more than 4,000 years old.
See box for key species. The islands are an important site for breeding Falco concolor. Other island-breeding species include Egretta gularis (c.25 pairs) and Pandion haliaetus (at least 2 pairs). The mudflats hold fair numbers of wintering and passage waterbirds, especially roosting gulls and terns (Laridae).
Non-bird biodiversity: There are some high quality coral reefs around the islands.
Data-sheet compiled by Simon Albrecht.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ra's as Sawadi - Juzor as Sawadi. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/8222 on 04/06/2023.