Tharthar Lake and Al-Dhebaeji Fields

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU winter 2010 43 individuals A1
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus LC resident 2009 1 breeding pairs A3
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor LC resident 2012 1 breeding pairs A3
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis LC resident 2009 4 individuals A3
Greater Hoopoe-lark Alaemon alaudipes LC resident 2010 2 individuals A3
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti LC resident 2010 2 individuals A3
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis LC resident 2010 15 breeding pairs A3
Iraq Babbler Argya altirostris LC resident 2012 1 breeding pairs A3
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC resident 2010 8 breeding pairs A3

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 high 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
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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)
Desert -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Water-storage areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
water management -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tharthar Lake and Al-Dhebaeji Fields. Downloaded from on 26/06/2022.