Jiddah south corniche and port

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1994 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
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC winter 1992 255-277 individuals A4i, B1i
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath LC winter 1992 1 individuals B1i
Western Reef-egret Egretta gularis LC winter 1992 294-440 individuals B1i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC winter 1992 381-412 individuals B1i
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei LC winter 1992 2,230-5,475 individuals A4i, B1i
White-eyed Gull Larus leucophthalmus LC non-breeding 1992 11 individuals B2
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC winter 1992 79-137 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC winter 1992 104-137 individuals B1i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1994).

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
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe 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
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Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
water management -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jiddah south corniche and port. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.