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This IBA is situated in the northeast of the country in the Bekaa valley, just north of the village which gives it its name. It consists of flat or gently undulating stony arid land extending up into the Anti-Lebanon mountain range.
Ten Biome-restricted Species, mostly from the Saharo-Sindian Desert biome breed here: Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor,Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura, Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti, Temminck’s Lark Eremophila bilopha, Scrub Warbler Scotocerca inquieta, Spectacled Warbler, Western Rock Nuthatch, Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens, Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla and Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus. Of these species, 7 are rare or unknown as breeders elsewhere in Lebanon. Several other species breed here commonly which are also scarce or rare breeders elsewhere in the country (Prior & Conroy 2009).
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Semi Deserts of Ras Baalbek. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/11/2019.