Teab Seasonal Wetlands

Country/territory: Iraq

IBA criteria met: A1, A4iii (2014)
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Area: 14,827 ha

Nature Iraq
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2014 not assessed very high negligible
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Site description (2014 baseline)
This site is a seasonal wetland, with patches of water that remain throughout the year in scattered depressions.

Key biodiversity
Additional Important Bird Observations: During the surveys a total of 26 bird species was recorded. In addition to those listed in the table, Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca and Greater Spotted Eagle A. clanga (both Vulnerable) were seen frequently. Hunters report “large numbers” of Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus. Nine Sahara-Sindian Desert biome-restricted species but these did not trigger inclusion under criterion A3. Other Important Fauna: According to the frequent reports of locals and hunters, mammals include Honey Badger Mellivora capensis and Grey Wolf Canis lupus, plus wld cats and foxes (species unknown). Goitered Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa (sub-species not known) used to occur in the eastern hilly parts of this area and a few were killed in the eastern and northern parts of this site close to the border. Some reptiles were seen but not identified.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Teab Seasonal Wetlands. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.