Maghtas - Sweimeh

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 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 1999 min 25 breeding pairs B2
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1999 abundant B1i
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN resident 1999 rare B2
Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps LC resident 1999 20-40 breeding pairs B3
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC resident 1999 50 breeding pairs B3
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1999 abundant B1iv

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed high negligible
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
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities 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%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Mujib Biosphere Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 43,915 protected area overlaps with site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Maghtas - Sweimeh. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.