|IBA conservation status|
|Year of assessment (most recent)||State (condition)||Pressure (threat)||Response (action)|
|2018||not assessed||very high||not assessed|
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Site description (1994 baseline)
A mountain range (up to 920 m) lying west of Al-Hasakah and running for c.50 km east–west. The southern slopes are gentle, but the northern slopes are a very steep, linear scarp with frequent cliffs. Numerous small wadis drain the slopes. The steppe vegetation includes Pistacia, Prunus and Rhamnus scrub, with extensive shrubs of Artemisia, Atriplex, Helianthemum and Teucrium. There is an extensive and ongoing afforestation project, planting Pistacia, Pinus brutia and P. halepensis
See box for key species. As well as species listed below, Pterocles alchata is a common resident.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V), Gazella subgutturosa (rare); Equus hemionus hemippus (V) survived in this area until the 1930s. Flora: many endemics are confined to the isolated mountains in the Syrian Desert.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr Ibrahim Hanna and Dr Amer Majid Agha (translated by S. Zaiane).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jabal Abdul Aziz. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/jabal-abdul-aziz-iba-syria on 09/12/2023.