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Location Azerbaijan, Imishli,Pushkin,Saatly,Sabirabad,Saliany
Central coordinates 48o 34.00' East  39o 38.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 100,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description A semi-desert plain, cut across by many irrigation channels, with pastures and, to a lesser extent, cotton fields.

Key Biodiversity Certainly the most important area for wintering Tetrax tetrax in Azerbaijan, probably also in the former USSR; discovered only in 1989. Breeding species include Ciconia ciconia (in some villages), Francolinus francolinus (rare, in scrub along channels), Burhinus oedicnemus, Merops superciliosus (common) and larks (Alaudidae). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (formerly very common winter visitor, now very rare and not annual), Otis tarda (very rare winter visitor, not annual). Aquila nipalensis is common on migration, when Grus grus and Anthropoides virgo also occur.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  10,000-30,000 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mugan steppe. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/11/2014

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