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Site description (1994 baseline)
A sheltered lagoon north-east of Umm al Quwain, containing intertidal mudflats (up to 400 m wide), islands and sparse mangrove Avicennia bounded inland by sabkhah and rolling dunes with salt-tolerant scrub. The area is difficult of access. Siniyah island (site 003) lies offshore. The site is used for small-scale fishing and for recreation.
See box for key species. The site has been little investigated but held c.10,000 waterbirds in October-November 1986. The wintering Dromas ardeola are believed to breed on Abu al Abyadh island (site 017). At least 30 pairs of Egretta gularis breed on the adjacent island of Ghubbah.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Khor Al Beidah. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/khor-al-beidah-iba-united-arab-emirates on 07/12/2023.