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.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No conservation measures are known to have been taken. There is no information on current threats to the site, although it may well have been drained for agriculture. No conservation measures are known to have been proposed.
Information from S. Marchant.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Huweija marshes. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2022.