|Central coordinates||48o 34.00' East 39o 38.00' North|
|Altitude||0 - 100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
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.
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International None
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