IQ042
Ahmed Awa


Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2017)
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Area: 887 ha

Protection status:

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description
This is a mountainous area in the Zagros range located close to the Iranian border, dominated by rocky slopes and wooded valleys. The geology here is basic igneous rocks, radiolarian chert, siliceous and calcareous shale, and metamorphic schist and limestone of unknown age, and the soil type is sandy clay

Key biodiversity
Additional Important Bird Observations: During the survey period, 67 species were recorded. In addition to those listed in the table above, European Roller Coracias garrulus (Near Threatened) was present in the breeding season. Other Important Fauna: Two locals, who were interviewed separately, stated that a local hunter killed a large cat in 2002, which would most likely have been a Persian Leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor (Endangered). Hunting may be rather restricted in the region overall due to the presence of minefields. The most significant amphibian found during the surveys was the Kurdistan Newt Neurergus microspilotus (Critically Endangered). No fish data were collected due to high water flows.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ahmed Awa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2019.