Haur Al Sa'adiyah

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 140,000 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
Haur al Sa-adiyah constitutes the largest in a chain of haurs stretching for 120 km from near Ali Al Gharbi in the north to Haur Al Hammar in the south. The haur is a vast shallow lake of 1,400 km2 bordered on the east by the River Tigris and on the west by the Dujaila Canal. The small north-western section of the haur is known as Haur Umm Roij (1,500 ha). When visited in January 1979, there was little emergent vegetation at the east end. The Dujaila Canal eventually flows into the haur at its southernmost point and this area is known as Haur Dujaila.

Key biodiversity
The only ornithological surveys have been in 1967, 1968 and 1979 (all in January). The surrounding fertile plains provide excellent feeding habitat for geese and cranes. The haur is particularly important for Anser anser, Tadorna ferruginea, Anas platyrhynchos, A. crecca, A. acuta, A. clypeata, Phoenicopterus ruber (900 in 1979), Grus grus, Fulica atra and shorebirds (Georg and Savage 1970a, b). The haur was listed as a wetland of international importance by Carp (1980).

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 Sa'adiyah. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2022.