Country/territory: Yemen

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B3 (1994)
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Area: 1,500 ha

Protection status:

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
A formerly undisturbed 15-km-stretch of coast, with a wide variety of natural habitats in a small area.

Key biodiversity
See table for key species. The mangrove and doum palms support an interesting breeding avifauna, including Butorides striatus, Milvus migrans, Pandion haliaetus (1 pair), Cypsiurus parvus, Acrocephalus stentoreus (probably), A. baeticatus (probably), Ploceus rueppelli and Lonchura cantans. A very wide variety of coastal waterbirds occur on passage and in winter (a few in good numbers though there have never been any comprehensive counts) including Pelecanus rufescens (90, April) and Sterna bengalensis (300, October).

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: dolphins (probably including Tursiops) are frequent offshore; Genetta felina (rare). Reptiles: Chelonia mydas (E) is common offshore, and Dermochelys coriacea (E) has been recorded; other sea-turtle species probably also occur.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Al-'Urj. Downloaded from on 16/12/2018.