Wadi Al-Qelt

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1999 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 1998 present B2
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1998 present B2
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC resident 1998 present B2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 1998 present A1, B2
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1998 min 3,500 individuals B1iv

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1999).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Wadi El-Qilt Nature Reserve 15,000 is identical to site 15,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Wetlands (inland) -
Grassland -
Desert -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Wadi Al-Qelt. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.