Abd al-Kuri (Socotra)

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A4ii (2016)
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Area: 13,300 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 low not assessed negligible
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Site description
A large island in the Gulf of Aden to the west of Socotra, c.32 km long, less than 5 km wide and rising to c.570 m, with c.90 km of shoreline.

Key biodiversity
See table for key species. There are unspecified seabirds, probably breeding. It is said that the island is visited by many small birds on summer migration from May to August.

Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: Hemidactylus forbesii, H. oxyrhinus, Pristurus abdelkuri (all endemic). Flora: there are at least ten endemic species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abd al-Kuri (Socotra). Downloaded from on 19/01/2021.