Qarn Nazwa

Country/territory: United Arab Emirates

IBA Criteria met: B3 (1994)
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Area: 250 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 low favourable negligible
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Site description
A large, rocky outcrop (300 m × 2 km) of shale rising up to 80 m above surrounding stony gravel plain, one of a series of ridges parallel to and west of the Hajar mountains. The rock surface is pitted with hundreds of small to large caves and cracks. Scattered Acacia tortilis grow throughout the site, and small shrubs grow on sand-dunes blown up on the south-east side. Camels and goats graze the area, which is a favourite picnic site (there is an adjacent highway). The caves and cracks in the rock surface probably support a vertebrate fauna (e.g. bats, foxes, rodents and snakes) unusual in the UAE.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Other breeding species include Buteo rufinus (irregularly) and Bubo ascalaphus (1-2 pairs).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Data-sheet compiled by Colin Richardson.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Qarn Nazwa. Downloaded from on 17/08/2022.