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A stony, semi-desert plain, c.120 km east of Hamah. Vegetation includes sparse Pistacia trees and shrub-steppe with Salsola, Atriplex and Artemisia. There is said to be a north-south trending depression at 35°22'N 38°00'E which floods in some winters (extent of water up to c.1,000 ha); although this could not be found on maps, there is an area of sabkhah basins (totalling c.5,000 ha) centred on 35°40'N 37°30'E. There are many small settlements and wells, and cultivation is probably extensive.
See box for key species. Other breeding species include Pterocles alchata. Anser albifrons is a winter visitor (1,000) and passage migrant (1,500), and at least c.500 ducks have also been noted in winter.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V). There is a gazelle Gazella captive-breeding and release project.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr Ibrahim Hanna and Dr Amer Majid Agha (translated by S. Zaiane).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi al-Azib. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/08/2022.