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Tual al-'Abba


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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN passage 1982 1 individuals A1
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT passage 1982 20 individuals A1, A4i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT passage 1982 20 individuals B1i, B2
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU winter 1976 16-22 individuals A1
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius CR passage 1982 4 individuals A1

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)
2014 not assessed medium 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
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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%) No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
rangeland/pastureland -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tual al-'Abba. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/tual-al-abba-iba-syria on 27/09/2023.