Wadi al-Azib

Country/territory: Syria

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3 (1994)
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Area: 24,200 ha

The Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wadi al-Azib. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.