Country/territory: Jordan

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, B3 (2000)
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Area: 21,000 ha

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed low
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Site description
Hill country in the Jerash-Ajlun mountains between 500 and 900 m with some steep slopes, dominated by a dense Mediterranean woodland of evergreen Quercus and Pistacia, with an understorey of Arbutus, Juniperus, Crataegus, Prunus, Rhamnus and Ceratonia. The reserve is part of the largest remaining tract of undisturbed oak woodland in the country, and is closely surrounded by villages and farmland; there are scattered patches of cultivation in the area (grapes, olives, wheat, barley).

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. A representative assemblage of woodland species characteristic of the hills of the Mediterranean north-west. Other breeding species include Dendrocopos syriacus and Parus caeruleus (probably; one record of 8+, November).

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: re-introduction of Capreolus capreolus is ongoing, and is planned for Dama mesopotamica (E). Flora: re-introduction of Iris nigricans (rare) is planned.

Information compiled by J. al-Joundi & A. Budieri.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ajloun. Downloaded from on 02/07/2022.