Desert west of Al-Ghayda

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2013

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus LC resident 1989 500 individuals A3
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii LC resident 1993 present A3
Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii VU winter 1983 present A1
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN passage 1993 frequent A1
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos EN resident 1993 min 12 individuals A1
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis LC resident 1993 present A3
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti LC resident 1993 present A3
Black-crowned Sparrow-lark Eremopterix nigriceps LC resident 1993 present A3
Arabian Warbler Curruca leucomelaena LC resident 1993 present A3
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 1993 present A3
Blackstart Oenanthe melanura LC resident 1993 present A3

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 negligible
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
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration 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%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert -
Shrubland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Desert west of Al-Ghayda. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.