Buhayrat al-Khatuniyah

Country/territory: Syria

IBA Criteria met: B2 (1994)
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Area: 80,000 ha

Protection status:

The Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 medium not assessed negligible
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Site description
A mesotrophic, spring-fed, natural lake (its area is variously quoted as being from 50 ha to c.800 ha) together with the surrounding 'clay' desert, c.50 km east of Al-Hasakah and between the small settlements of Khatuniyah and Al-Hul (6 km from the international border). The mean depth of the lake is or was 8 m, and the vegetation includes Tamarix. The lake is used for fishing, hunting and recreation, and the surrounding area for grazing.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Other breeding species include Alectoris chukar and Pterocles alchata, and small numbers of Anser albifrons and ducks are present in winter. Passage migrants include Tachybaptus ruficollis, and large numbers of Streptopelia turtur.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V), Gazella subgutturosa (rare).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buhayrat al-Khatuniyah. Downloaded from on 08/07/2020.