IBA criteria met: A1 (2013)
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Area: 25,000 ha
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Site description (baseline)
Extensive area of gravel plain to the east of Bab al-Mandab, stretching from the coast to foothills, and at least from al-Hajaf to beyond Bir Ras al-Ara.
See table for key species. Breeding species in good numbers include Pterocles lichtensteinii, P. exustus, Alaemon alaudipes, and especially Lanius excubitor which occurs here probably at a higher density than anywhere else in the country. The site's good cover of vegetation and closeness to the Bab al-Mandab make it a very important stop-over point for migrants.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: unidentified Gazella (rare) are reported to occur in the area. Reptiles: Pristurus ornithocephalus (endemic), P. crucifer (endemic), P. flavipunctatus (endemic), Varanus griseus (rare).
Data-sheet compiled by Chris Bradshaw and R. F. Porter.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hiswat al-Hugayma. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/8367 on 01/06/2023.