|Central coordinates||99o 56.00' East 49o 56.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||1,544 - 1,850m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Site description Erkhel Lake is a saline lake surrounded by grassy steppe in Alag-Erdene soum. Freshwater springs feed the lake on the northwestern side, and the bay and islands in this area are favoured by waterbirds. There is no cultivation in the area, and the land is used for nomadic animal husbandry. Salt and soda from the lake are used as mineral additives for local livestock. Consecutive outbreaks of avian influenza were reported from the site in 2005 and 2006.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||-||2004||present||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||-||2009||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||breeding||2004||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Larus argentatus||-||2009||present||-||A4i||Not Recognised|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The site is not known to be important for other fauna and flora.
Protection status Unprotected
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Erkhel Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014
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