IL014
Judean desert


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1994

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi LC resident 1991 present A3, B3
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 1991 350 individuals A4i, B1i
Desert Tawny Owl Strix hadorami LC resident 1991 8 breeding pairs A3, B3
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT non-breeding 1991 1 individuals B2
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 1991 7-14 breeding pairs B2
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1991 8-18 breeding pairs B2
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos EN non-breeding 1991 1-2 individuals B2
Aquila pomarina NR passage 1991 5,000-10,000 individuals B2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 1991 29 individuals A1, B2
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor VU breeding 1991 3-5 breeding pairs A3, B3
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus LC breeding 1991 4 breeding pairs B2
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis LC resident 1993 present A3
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti LC resident 1993 present A3
Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta LC resident 1993 present A3
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 1991 present A3, B3
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii LC resident 1991 200 breeding pairs B3
Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha LC resident 1991 10 breeding pairs A3, B3
Blackstart Oenanthe melanura LC resident 1993 present A3
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga LC resident 1993 present A3
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1991 14,000-19,000 individuals A4iv, B1iv

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tel Qeriyyot Nature Reserve 1,017 protected area contained by site 1,017
Nahal Abbuv Nature Reserve 960 protected area contained by site 960
Midbar Yehuda Nature Reserve 53,472 protected area contained by site 53,386
Kanee springs Nature Reserve 100 protected area contained by site 100
En Gedi Nature Reserve 1,430 protected area contained by site 1,430
Berekhat Samar Nature Reserve 1 protected area contained by site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert -
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial - terrestrial -
Rocky areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Judean desert. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/11/2019.