Status of Water Birds in Restored Southern Iraqi Marshes


Fifty seven species of water birds were recorded in three restored marshes during monitoring period (May 2004- May 2005), fifty four in Huwayzah marsh, fourty in Suq Shuyukh and twenty nine in East-Hammar. Pygmy cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus) was the most dominant species in Huwayzah marsh, little egret (Egretta garzetta) in Suq Shuyukh, while little egret (Egretta garzetta) & gulls in East-Hammar. Higher numbersof individuals were recorded in Huwayzah marsh in comparison with other marshes.