Aqaba coast and mountains

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Desert Tawny Owl Strix hadorami LC resident 1993 rare B3
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC passage 1995-2000 3,000 individuals B2
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor VU breeding 1993 present B2
Arabian Warbler Curruca leucomelaena LC resident 1993 present B3
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 1993 present B3
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii LC resident 1993 present B3
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha LC resident 1993 present B3
Sinai Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus LC winter 1993 present B2
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1993 50,000-99,999 individuals A4iv, B1iv

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning 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10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert -
Sea -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Coastline -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
rangeland/pastureland -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aqaba coast and mountains. Downloaded from on 15/08/2022.