Abu Ali

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
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC winter 1991 2,603-8,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Crab-plover Dromas ardeola LC passage 1993 135 individuals B3
Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi LC breeding 1993 8-12 breeding pairs B3
Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi LC passage 1993 14,000 individuals A4i, B1i, B3
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa LC breeding 1993 120-250 breeding pairs B3
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa LC passage 1993 8,000 individuals A4i, B1i, B3
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis LC passage 1993 4,800 individuals A4i, B1i
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC passage 1993 2,000-3,000 individuals A4i, B1i

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)
2013 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
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Desert -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
tourism/recreation -
fisheries/aquaculture -
military -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Abu Ali. Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.