Huweija marshes

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 30,000 ha

Nature Iraq

Site description
An area of marshes and lakes c.65 km west-south-west of Kirkuk, along the pipeline road. Wheat is cultivated on the surrounding plains.

Key biodiversity
A wide selection of ducks, waders and other waterbirds, mostly in small numbers, occurs in winter and on passage. Vanellus indicus and V. leucurus are common breeding species.

Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: the general area is very important for harbouring wild relatives of important cereal crop species.

Information from S. Marchant.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Huweija marshes. Downloaded from on 07/02/2023.