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.
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.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Huweija marshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/12/2021.