Abdullah Gharib lagoons

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B3 (2013)
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Area: 100 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed high negligible
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Site description (1994 baseline)
Situated 20 km north-east of Al-Ghayda, these large coastal lagoons lie either side of the village of Abdullah Gharib.

Key biodiversity
An important feeding and roosting area for gulls and terns, and to a lesser extent waders. See table for key species; smaller numbers of other terns occur, notably Sterna caspia. This coast attracts very large numbers of migrant gulls Larus in autumn, with 30,000 (80% L. fuscus) counted along 50 km in November.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information.

Data-sheet compiled by Chris Bradshaw and R. F. Porter.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Abdullah Gharib lagoons. Downloaded from on 11/12/2023.