Haur Al Rayan and Umm Osbah

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 25,000 ha

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
A complex of shallow lagoons and vast reedbeds with some areas of sedge marsh between the villages of Maymund and Salam, about 20 km south-west of Amara. The southern end of these marshes lies a few kilometres to the north of the Feraigat Marshes at the extreme northern end of the main Haur Al Hammar marshes.

Key biodiversity
This is known to be an important area for herons, egrets and coots. The site has only been surveyed (very incompletely) in January 1968 and January 1979. Other notable winter visitors included Ciconia ciconia (183), Anas crecca (4,000) and Circus aeruginosus (25).

Non-bird biodiversity: No information available to BirdLife International.

Information compiled by Dr D. A. Scott and D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Haur Al Rayan and Umm Osbah. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/07/2022.