Madaba - Hisban

Country/territory: Jordan

IBA criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 24,700 ha

Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 high not assessed negligible
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Site description (baseline)
Plains of former steppeland, e.g. between Jiza and Hisban and between Rabba and Shihan, now almost wholly converted to dry cultivation of cereals. There is also some irrigated agriculture.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. The area has been little investigated ornithologically. Winter visitors include Eudromias morinellus (formerly very common, now possibly much reduced).

Non-bird biodiversity: Flora: Colchicum tunicatum (endemic), Romulea bulbocodium (rare), Globularia arabica (rare).

Data-sheet compiled by Ali Sutari (per Adnan Budieri).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Madaba - Hisban. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.