Taif escarpment

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1994

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi LC resident 1993 frequent A2, A3, B3
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala LC resident 1993 uncommon A3, B3
Montane Nightjar Caprimulgus poliocephalus LC resident 1993 uncommon A3, B2
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT resident 1993 uncommon B2
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1993 12 breeding pairs B2
Arabian Woodpecker Dendropicos dorae NT resident 1993 common A1, A3, B2
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii LC resident 1993 common A3
Yemen Thrush Turdus menachensis NT resident 1993 frequent A1, A2, A3, B2
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens LC resident 1993 common A3
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba LC resident 1993 present A2, A3
Arabian Serin Crithagra rothschildi LC resident 1993 present A3
Yemen Serin Crithagra menachensis LC resident 1993 unknown A2, A3
Yemen Linnet Linaria yemenensis LC resident 1993 common A2, A3, B3
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1993 4,500 individuals B1iv

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 low not assessed negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Forest -
Shrubland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
other -
rangeland/pastureland -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Taif escarpment. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.