IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, A4iv, B1i, B1iv, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 40,000 ha
Site description (baseline)
A valley system stretching north-west from Bet She'an in eastern Israel across most of the width of the country to Kiryat Tiv'on. The area is largely agricultural (orchards, wheat, legumes, cotton), with many fish-ponds and reservoirs.
An important area for waterbirds throughout the year; see boxes for key species. The fields of the Jezre'el valley supported a wintering population of up to 1,700 Grus grus during the 1980s, though this had dropped to 500 by 1991/92. Other wintering species include Circus aeruginosus (65), Aquila clanga (19) and Larus ichthyaetus (150).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Data-sheet compiled by S. Blitzblau, reviewed by R. Frumkin.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jezre'el, Harod and Bet She'an valleys. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/8175 on 30/05/2023.