Abu Habba

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: B3 (1994)
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Area: 400 ha

Nature Iraq

Site description
The site lies 12 km west of Mahmudiya and was originally a flat, silt desert with sparse herbs, but much of it has long been under cultivation, irrigated by water from the Mahmudiya channel of the River Tigris. The area is dominated by date-palm groves, with an understorey of orange, plum and pomegranate trees; cotton, corn and vegetables are also grown. Temporary pools form after winter rains.

Key biodiversity
Other breeding species include Ciconia ciconia (3 pairs), Vanellus leucurus (12 pairs), Caprimulgus aegyptius, Halcyon smyrnensis, Merops superciliosus (40 pairs), Coracias garrulus, C. benghalensis, Turdoides caudatus (min. 4) and Pycnonotus leucotis (min. 8). The area attracts large numbers of migrant passerines and near-passerines in spring (no autumn data). Anthus spinoletta is common in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information available to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Pavel Ctyroky.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Abu Habba. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/12/2022.