Part of a limestone and sand desert plateau c.30 km west-south-west of Haditha and c.200 km west-north-west of Baghdad. The area contains large, deep wadis surrounded by shallow depressions which are wet from November to March and carry a rich vegetation of Haloxylon, Artemisia and Astragalus. At least three water wells have been drilled, and since c.1960 part of the area has been farmed (dates, orchards, etc.) and there is some livestock grazing by nomads. Annual rainfall is 100-200 mm, mainly in December-February.
See box for key species. Other breeding species (known or assumed) include Cursorius cursor, Pterocles alchata, Eremophila bilopha, Pycnonotus leucotis and Oenanthe isabellina. Grus virgo (12 birds) has occurred on spring passage, and the area may lie on a main migration route for it.
Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: there is a rich reptile fauna.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr Hanna Y. Siman.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Augla, Wadi Hauran. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2021.