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Location Mongolia, Zavkhan
Central coordinates 99o 21.00' East  48o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 51,600 ha
Altitude 1,789 - 2,305m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description Telmen Lake, located on the boundary between Numrug and Telmen soums, is a mineral lake of tectonic origin. The northern and southern shores are mountainous and have numerous peninsulas, while the eastern and western shores are relatively flat with salt marshes, sand dunes and three small islands where water birds gather in vast numbers. Nomadic animal husbandry is the primary land use in the area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoides breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2009  present  A1  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 2009  present  A1  Endangered 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus non-breeding  2004  present  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Grassland Steppe  -

Other biodiversity No information is available about other fauna and flora.

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Telmen Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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