National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif

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
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi LC resident 1993 present B3
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita EN passage 1991-1992 2-24 individuals A1, B1i, B2
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus LC passage 1993 26,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Menetries's Warbler Curruca mystacea LC winter 1993 common B3
White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis LC passage 1993 7 individuals B3
Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia LC winter 1993 common B3
Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus LC winter 1993 850 individuals B3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1994).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed low low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
NWRC Natural Reserve 0 protected area contained by site 650


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.