Faror islands

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA criteria met: B1ii, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 3,080 ha

Site description (baseline)
Faror Island is 24 km offshore in the southern Persian Gulf, 45 km south-west of Bandar Lengeh, at 26°17'N 54°30'E. The tiny islet of Bani Faror (26°07'N 54°27'E) is a further 16 km south-south-west of Faror. Faror is c.6.5 km long and 4 km wide, and rises in dark volcanic hills to a peak at 142 m. There is no information on the habitats, etc. Land ownership is public.

Key biodiversity
No ornithologist appears to have been to the island since the visit by La Personne in July 1923 when Sterna repressa and S. anaethetus were breeding in large numbers, and Puffinus persicus was offshore in flocks of 20-30. Pandion haliaetus was breeding.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Faror islands. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.