Country/territory: Iraq

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2017)
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Area: 288 ha

Protection status:

Nature Iraq
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
The site is located in the Zagros Range and the geology is siltstone and sandstone and the soil type is sandy clay. A seasonal stream passes through the valley beside the main road between the towns of Zawita and Sarsang

Key biodiversity
During the surveys, 45 species were recorded. The site also held two Irano-Turanian and four Mediterranean biome-restricted species that were breeding but these did not trigger inclusion under criterion A3. No additional significant observations were made for non-avian fauna. Additional Plant & Habitat Information: This site contains a good population of Crataegus azarolus, Pistacia eurycarpa, and P. khinjuk, which are economically and culturally important plant species.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zawita. Downloaded from on 12/12/2019.