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Location Mongolia, Khovsgol
Central coordinates 99o 0.00' East  49o 15.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 16,500 ha
Altitude 1,889 - 2,612m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description The site is a freshwater lake on the border of Zavkhan and Khovsgol Aimags, in a depression to the north of the Bulnai Mountains. About 20 rivers and streams drain into the lake, creating wetlands favoured by waterbirds. There is no outflow from the lake, which is frozen from November to May. The water level has increased over the last decade, submerging two major islands: Dalain Ovoo; and Khar Nuden Bulag. The main land use in the surrounding area is livestock grazing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity Pallas's Cat Felis manul (NT), Grey Wolf Canis lupus, Corsac Fox Vulpes corsac and Red Fox V. vulpes are found near the lake.

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Khovsgoliin Sangiin Dalai Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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