Country/territory: Saudi Arabia
IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 2,500 ha
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An artificial, permanently flowing river of treated effluent run-off, running for 50 km along Wadi Hanifah, 25 km south of Riyadh. The river flows mostly between rocky cliffs, incorporating many pools fringed with reeds and Tamarix. In several places wide lagoons are formed between sand-dunes, and there are some adjacent small and medium-sized pivot-irrigation farms.
See box for key species. Other breeding species include Ixobrychus minutus, Ardeola ralloides, Ardea purpurea and Acrocephalus scirpaceus. Other wintering species include Ciconia nigra, Aquila clanga (20) and Circus aeruginosus (17). Over 220 species have been recorded.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Data-sheet compiled by P. Symens.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-Ha'ir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/03/2023.