KW008
Kubbar island


Country/territory: Kuwait

IBA criteria met: B3 (1994)
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Area: 18 ha

Kuwait Environment Protection Society
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed medium not assessed
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Site description (1994 baseline)
One of a small group of coral islets and associated reefs. Part of the island is covered in salt-tolerant bushes, other areas are dominated by Seidlitzia annuals, and there are patches of bare ground. Beaches are mainly sandy with some rocky stretches. A favourite recreational area for weekend trippers, scuba divers and fishermen. A small solar energy plant provides power for a beacon in the centre of the island.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. An important breeding colony for Sterna bengalensis and Sterna anaethetus. Also breeding are Sterna repressa and Sterna bergii (min. 7 pairs).

Non-bird biodiversity: Reptiles: a former nesting area for the sea-turtles Chelonia mydas (E) and Eretmochelys imbricata (E).

Acknowledgements
Data-sheet compiled by Prof. C. W. T. Pilcher.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kubbar island. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/kubbar-island-iba-kuwait on 28/02/2024.