Jabal al-Nabi Shu'ayb

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2013 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi LC resident 1993 common A2, A3, B3
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens LC resident 1995-2011 present A3
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT resident 1993 rare B2
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN passage 1995-2011 present A1
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1993 common B2
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii LC resident 1995-2011 present A3
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis NT resident 1995-2011 present A1, A2, A3
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus LC resident 1995-2011 present A3
Oenanthe lugens NR resident 1993 frequent A3
Yemen Serin Crithagra menachensis LC resident 1993 common A2, A3, B3
Yemen Linnet Linaria yemenensis LC resident 1993 common A2, A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2013).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jabal al-Nabi Shu'ayb. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.