Sun Farms, Sohar

Country/territory: Oman

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2 (1994)
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Area: 500 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Large agricultural fields irrigated by rotary gantries on the Batinah coast.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Large numbers of birds are attracted to the water, greenery and spilt grain during migration and winter; at least 149 species occur. Other notable species wintering or dispersing after the breeding season include Melanocorypha bimaculata (200, February), Calandrella brachydactyla (500, January) and Emberiza striolata (60, December). Notable species on passage or during the post-breeding season include Falco amurensis (133, April–May), Pterocles exustus (1,000, August), Coracias benghalensis (500, November), Merops superciliosus (400, August) and Anthus campestris (100, November).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sun Farms, Sohar. Downloaded from on 30/09/2020.