Kuradawe and Waraz

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2017)
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Area: 7,272 ha

Protection status:

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 very high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Waraz is a valley surrounded by mountains and villages, including Kanarwe, Ballikhy, and Betwate. To the south the Kanarwe River flows from the Penjween Area (including waters from IQ032) towards Kuna Masi River (also called Chami Chwarta River), a tributary of the Lesser Zab. Further northwest is the forested mountainous area known as Kuradawe (named for the largest village in the area). Kuna Masi stream flows north to the west of the site and there area other streams that flow to join it through the area. This part of the site is surrounded by the villages of Amaden, Dashty Tile and Pirahmad, Bewre, Gomle, Basne, and Saraw and extends less than 1 km north of Kuradawe Village. There are farmlands, orchards, and vineyards, which mainly produce grapes, walnuts, pears and almonds

Key biodiversity
Additional Important Bird Observations: A total of 40 species was seen. Breeding populations of four Irano-Turanian, three Mediterranean, one Eurasian High-Montane and one Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species were found but did not trigger inclusion under criterion A3. No other significant observation were made for non-avian fauna.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kuradawe and Waraz. Downloaded from on 24/01/2020.