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Location Mongolia, Ovorkhangai
Central coordinates 103o 17.00' East  46o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 1,704 - 1,863m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description Sangiin Dalai Lake is located in north of Ulziit soum. It is surrounded by arid steppe. In wet years, a small river, the Zegst, runs out of the lake to the northwest. In drier years, the river valley supports wet meadow habitat. The lake shore and surrounding area is barren, with sparse vegetation. The wet meadows, however, are excellent habitat for breeding and summering birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2004  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 2004  present  A3, A4i  Least Concern 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 


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

Other biodiversity No information is available on the importance of the site for other fauna and flora.

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ulziitiin Sangiin Dalai Lake. Downloaded from on 31/10/2014

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