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Divichi liman (or Lake Akzibir)
49o 5.00' East 41o 19.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Year of IBA assessment
Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)
Site description A shallow (0.5-1.2 m) lake with vast reedbeds on its western side in the Khachmas coastal lowland. It is leased by the Hunters' Society of Azerbaijan. The lake area varies from 1,600 to 7,000 ha depending on irrigation and rainfall.
Key Biodiversity Among breeding species are large colonies of herons (including Botaurus stellaris, Ixobrychus minutus and Ardea purpurea). Porzana parva and Porphyrio porphyrio also breed. The site is especially important for the autumn migration of waterbirds, more than 70,000-80,000 pass each year, with about 5,000 wildfowl wintering (Anas platyrhynchos, A. clypeata, A. crecca, A. querquedula, A. strepera, Aythya fuligula, Netta rufina), and up to 5,000 Fulica atra. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (very rare passage visitor), Aythya nyroca (two estimates: 5+ breeding pairs; several hundreds breeding).