National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif

Country/territory: Saudi Arabia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 3,000 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 low not assessed low
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Site description
Fairly flat, sandy/gravelly desert fringe at 1,450 m on the edge of the north-east Asir foothills, c.40 km south-east of Taif. There are a few gneiss inselbergs and dry wadis. The site is a fenced captive breeding centre, and the previously overgrazed vegetation is rapidly recovering to grassland and scrub bushland. Wadis just outside the boundary fence have many Acacia iraqensis trees and one has been dammed with some water usually present. Large semi-natural enclosures contain ungulates or are ungrazed.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Large numbers of Chlidonias leucopterus have occurred at the dam on migration (seasonal total 26,000; see box).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Dr Stephen F. Newton.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.