Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 191-203 July-September 2010

 

STATUS OF THE CRAB PLOVER Dromas ardeola IN PERSIAN GULF AND OMAN SEA IN THE YEAR 2007

 

Behrouz Behrouzi-Rad*1 and Elnaz Behrouzi-Rad2

1. Department of Environment, Science and Research Branch, Khuzestan, Islamic Azad University, (IRAN)
, (IRAN)

2. Shaid Beheshty University

 

Received on : March 31, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Crab Plover Dromas ardeola wintered in 25 sites and bred in 3 sites on Persian Gulf coasts and islands in 2007. It is fairly common on the coasts of Persian Gulf region, with up to 5551 pairs in breeding season and is known to hold more than 6038 individuals in winter but none of the other islands in Oman Sea are known to support large populations in 2007. In Persian Gulf region the sensitive habitats for breeding population were Khaber Nakhoda (2310 pairs), Nakhilo (1025 pairs) and Um-Al-Gorm (2216 pairs) islands in 2007. Important wintering sites were Khor Namaki (maximum 363 individuals), Khor Kharghoshi(maximum 356 individuals) Mangrove wetlands Hara Protected Area (Maximum 2242 individuals), Heleh protected Area (maximum 290) Busheher Bay (maximum 386 individuals) and coast of Gheshm island (Maximum 1337 individuals) in 2007.

 

Keywords : Breeding, Wintering, Population, Sensitive Habitat, Crab Plover, Persian Gulf

 

 

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