Northern Jordan Valley (North Ghor)

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC resident 1999 1-99 breeding pairs B2
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT resident 1999 1-4 breeding pairs B2
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC passage 1999 250-999 individuals B1i
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax LC passage 1999 250-999 individuals B1i
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN resident 1999 rare B2
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC passage 1999 1,000 individuals B2
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1999 abundant B1iv

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Tal Al Arbaeen منطقة هامة بيئيا 1 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Northern Jordan Valley (North Ghor). Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.