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Abu Zad


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
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 1982 frequent B2
Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida LC breeding 1993 common B3
Menetries's Warbler Curruca mystacea LC breeding 1993 present B3
White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis LC breeding 1993 present B3
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii LC breeding 1993 present B3
Pale Sparrow Carpospiza brachydactyla LC breeding 1993 present B3
Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguineus LC resident 1993 present B3
Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus VU breeding 1993 uncommon A1, A2

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)
2014 not assessed high negligible
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
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Shrubland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
rangeland/pastureland -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Abu Zad. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/abu-zad-iba-syria on 22/02/2024.