The site was identified as important in 2008 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|
|A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes||n/a||passage||2008||20,000-49,999 individuals||A4iv, B1iv|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Mashaa Chnaniir||Nature Reserve||27||protected area contained by site||0|
|Jabal Moussa||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve||1,250||protected area contained by site||0|
|Bentael||Private Protected Area||200||protected area overlaps with site||0|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jabal Moussa Mountain. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/jabal-moussa-mountain-iba-lebanon on 30/11/2023.