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Location Mongolia, Khovsgol
Central coordinates 99o 27.00' East  51o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 109,900 ha
Altitude 1,538 - 1,970m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description This beautiful depression in northern Mongolia contains a group of freshwater lakes, situated in Ulaan Uul, Renchinlkhumbe and Tsagaan Nuur soums of Khovsgol aimag. The depression is about 150 km long and 40 km wide, and is surrounded by high mountains. The depression receives water from many montane rivers, such as the Bagtakh, Khug, Ar Khoridol, Arsai, Sharga, Tengis and Shishkhed Rivers, and is thus rich in wetlands and lakes. These are surrounded by diverse habitats, including dry steppe, boreal forest (taiga) and alpine vegetation. The land is used as pasture for livestock and for preparing fodder. The area is suitable for recreation and ecotourism development.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica 2009  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus 2004  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 2004  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Gadwall Anas strepera 2004  present [units unknown]  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 2004  present [units unknown]  A3, A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2009  present [units unknown]  A1  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 2009  present [units unknown]  A1  Endangered 
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 2009  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 2009  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus 2004  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda 2009  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 2009  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 2009  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   -
Forest Forest steppe (temperate/boreal)  -
Grassland   -

Other biodiversity The site is not known to have special signifi cance for species other than birds.

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Darkhad Depression . Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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