Wadi Hajar

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2013 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
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii LC resident 1993 present A3
Nubian Nightjar Caprimulgus nubicus LC resident 1993 5 breeding pairs B2
Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus LC resident 1993 present B2
Pale Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta LC resident 1993 - A3
Arabian Warbler Curruca leucomelaena LC resident 1993 present A3, B3
Blackstart Oenanthe melanura LC resident 1993 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2013).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed medium negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Not assessed negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Wetlands (inland) -
Introduced vegetation -
Shrubland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Wadi Hajar. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.