Important Bird Areas Worldwide

short-eared owl

Short-eared owl / Sean Gray 

The selection of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) has been a particularly effective way of identifying conservation priorities. IBAs are key sites for conservation – small enough to be conserved in their entirety and often already part of a protected-area network. They do one (or more) of three things:

  • Hold significant numbers of one or more globally threatened species
  • Are one of a set of sites that together hold a suite of restricted-range species or biome-restricted species
  • Have exceptionally large numbers of migratory or congregatory species


Regional Important Bird Areas 


African Important Bird Areas

Americas Important Bird Areas 


Asian Important Bird Areas

European Important Bird Areas

Middle Eastern Important Bird Areas

Pacific Important Bird Areas


Antarctic Important Bird Areas

Marine Important Bird Areas

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2008, 6:03:32 PM
 
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