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The Zubair group comprises ten main islands and a couple of small rocks. All the islands are of volcanic origin, being eroded ash cones and lava. They are situated adjacent to the deep waters of the central Red Sea trench (all around the island the sea has depths of 500 m or more) and close to the Red Sea shipping lanes
The Zubair group of islands hold important breeding populations of seabirds with significant populations of notably brown booby, sooty gull, white-eyed gull and sooty falcon (c25 pairs). The islands also may be the northernmost colony of masked booby. Other wildlife: evidence of turtles nesting on several islands
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jaza'ir al-Zubayr. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2019.