Jordan Valley

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
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC resident 1993 uncommon B2
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT resident 1993 1-9 breeding pairs B2
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1993 5,000 individuals A4i, B1i, B2
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC winter 1993 rare B2
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis LC winter 1993 300 individuals B1i
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN non-breeding 1993 4 individuals B2
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC passage 1993 1,680 individuals B2
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC resident 1993 common B3
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1993 6,680 individuals B1iv

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 high low
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
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration 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10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Wetlands (inland) -
Grassland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jordan Valley. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.