Jabal Moussa Mountain

Country/territory: Lebanon

IBA Criteria met: A4iv, B1iv (2008)
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Area: 3,787 ha

Protection status:

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon

Site description
Jabal Moussa is situated on the western side of the Mount Lebanon range of mountains on the western side of Lebanon. The site is a mountain which extends westwards from the main Mount Lebanon chain along the southern edge of the Nahr Ibrahim (Adonis River), just to the west of Jabal Aalmat on the opposite side of the river.

Key biodiversity
This site is most important for soaring migratory birds, with extrapolated numbers exceeding the 20 000 threshold. White Storks are the most common in spring while birds of prey dominate autumn passage. Breeding birds locally include many of the common species which would be expected in this kind of habitat such as Chukar, Black Redstart, Rock Nuthatch, Great Tit and Eurasian Jay. The presence of 2 Blue Tits in all four seasons indicates that this species is a resident breeder here, which makes Jabal Moussa one of the most southerly sites for the species in Lebanon.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jabal Moussa Mountain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/01/2021.