Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2017)
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Area: 2,287 ha

Protection status:

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2015 very high not assessed not assessed
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Site description
This site contains a mountain ridge running east to west, surrounding foothills and the valley below. The main habitat here is mountain forest vegetation with oak woodlands and also some cultivated lands lie nearby. The site is located in the Zagros mountain range, where the geology is siltstone and sandstone, and the soil type is sandy clay. It was previously surveyed under the KBA project as two sub-sites. There is a Christian archaeological site located on the north side of the mountain.

Key biodiversity
During the survey period, 56 species were recorded. In addition, the site held breeding populations of three Irano-Turanian and one Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species but these did not trigger inclusion under criterion A3. Other Important Fauna: No additional information was collected on terrestrial fauna or fish (there were no major streams in the site). Additional Plant & Habitat Information: This site contain a good population of Crataegus azarolus, which is commercially important, and Hordeum bulbosum, which is important as a genetic resource.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mangesh. Downloaded from on 11/12/2019.