Siyal islands

Country/territory: Egypt

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2001)
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Area: 200 ha

Nature Conservation Eqypt

Site description
Three small, flat, sandy, coralline islands, the largest of which is Siyal El Kabir. Coral reefs and shallow waters surround the islands.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. Five bird species have been found breeding: Pandion haliaetus, Larus leucophthalmus, Larus hemprichii, Sterna caspia and Sterna repressa.

Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) and Chelonia mydas (EN) breed in significant numbers on Siyal El Kabir island. Dermochelys coriacea (EN) might also breed locally.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Siyal islands. Downloaded from on 23/01/2022.