SA027
Shallal ad-Dahna


Country/territory: Saudi Arabia

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 6,800 ha

Protection status:

Saudi Wildlife Authority
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Shallal ad-Dahna lies 90 km north of Abha on the road to Taif and comprises broken granite hill country at 2,400-2,700 m covered with Juniperus and Acacia scrub. The site contains one of the very few permanent waterfalls of the country, and a pool.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The main interest is the presence of the isolated and distinctive endemic race Pica pica asirensis (3 pairs). Other breeding species include Phylloscopus umbrovirens, Ploceus galbula and Corvus rhipidurus. Further surveys would be advantageous.

Non-bird biodiversity: The fauna is unusually rich in Palearctic relict species; vertebrate species include the shrew Crocidura russula, the snake Eirenis coronella fennelli, the toad Bufo viridis, and the frogs Rana ridibunda and Hyla savignyi.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shallal ad-Dahna. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2018.