Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i (1994)
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Area: 162 ha

Nature Iraq
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Georg and Vielliard (1970) gave a number of counts made between Al Musayyib and Haswa in January 1968. The area, evidently a wetland but not further described, lies north of Al Musayyib, between the Tigris and the Euphrates. 2014 updates. Evans (1994) described this site (IBA018) as a wetland to the north of Musayab based on field survey made by George and Mahdi (1969), but it seems that the marsh described by Evans does not exist now. During the 2009 surveys, the team surveyed the area to the north of Musayab, mainly along the eastern side of the Euphrates River. The original Musayab IBA site appears to be located on the eastern side of Euphrates close to a small island in the middle of the river.

Key biodiversity
Georg and Vielliard (1970) counted 21,523 ducks and geese as well as a range of other waterbirds. There have been no other surveys.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information available to BirdLife International.

2014 updates. Additional Important Bird Observations: During the survey, 27 species were observed. Pallid Harrier Circus cyaneus, and Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa (both Near Threatened) were recorded, and one restricted-range species, Iraq Babbler Turdoides altirostris, was found but this did not trigger inclusion under the A2 criterion. The site also held breeding populations of four Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species but these did not trigger inclusion under criterion A3. The Iraqi resident race of Little Grebe Tachibaptus ruficollis iraquensis breeds in the reedbeds along both sides of the river and the Iraqi race of Hooded Crow Corvus cornix capellanus (Mesopotamian Crow) occurs. Additional data on other (non-avian) fauna were not obtained.

Information compiled by D. J. Brooks, reviewed by Dr Khalid Y. Al-Dabbagh and Dr Hanna Y. Siman.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Musayab. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.