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Shale foothills (400-600 m) divided by gravel plains and small wadis with scattered Acacia tortilis and Ziziphus spina-christi trees; the site is surrounded by more barren ophiolitic mountains. These savannah plains, set amidst a dramatic mountain landscape, are one of the most natural, unspoilt and beautiful environments in the UAE.
See box for key species. A typical example of a bird community rare elsewhere in UAE. Other confirmed or probable breeding species include Hieraaetus fasciatus, Pterocles lichtensteinii, Bubo ascalaphus and Anthus similis.
Non-bird biodiversity: Butterflies: Neohipparchis parisatis (confined to the Hajar mountains in Arabia).
Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Masafi - Tayibah area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/08/2022.