North slopes of the Haggeher Mountains (Socotra)

Country/territory: Yemen

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2014)
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Area: 2,500 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 not assessed low not assessed
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Site description (2014 baseline)
Limestone hills, cliffs and plateaux, rising to 700 m, in northern Socotra between Wadi Ayhaft and Wadi Di Negehen. One of the wettest areas on the island, catching monsoon rain (especially June–September) and subject to very strong winds.

Key biodiversity
Surveyed 1999–2011. A1—Endangered: Egyptian Vulture (10–20 pairs, also an important roosting site with over 350 regularly). Vulnerable: Socotra Buzzard (>5 pairs), Socotra Bunting. A2—Eight of the eleven range-restricted species confined to Socotra EBA breed: Socotra Buzzard, Socotra Scops Owl, Socotra Warbler, Socotra Starling, Socotra Sunbird, Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Grosbeak, Socotra Bunting (all SMbrsa). A further two SMbrsa spp, not range-restricted, also breed: Abyssinian White-eye, Somali Starling.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: North slopes of the Haggeher Mountains (Socotra). Downloaded from on 25/02/2024.