|Central coordinates||48o 43.00' East 39o 14.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information Significantly, many wildfowl wintering in Kizil Agach Reserve come to this IBA to feed and about 10,000-15,000 wildfowl and shorebirds winter. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (very rare winter visitor), Marmaronetta angustirostris (summer visitor, probably breeds), Aythya nyroca (breeds), Oxyura leucocephala (very rare on passage), Haliaeetus albicilla (5-8 birds, sometimes only 1-2, wintering). The site holds breeding herons, Plegadis falcinellus, Platalea leucorodia (status uncertain, possibly breeds), Porphyrio porphyrio, etc.
Site description Adjacent to Kizil Agach Zapovednik (IBA 048). A very shallow lake (0.5-1.0 m in depth) which is mainly covered by reeds. It occasionally dries out in very hot years, but can flood the surrounding area during autumn rains. The water-level is also affected by irrigation. Land-use includes grazing domestic cattle and buffaloes.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||winter||-||300-400 individuals||-||A1, A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kyzylagachskiy||Zapovednik||88,360||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|info avialable at AOS||2005|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The main threats are intensive poaching and contamination of the lake by pesticide run-off from cotton fields. The IBA is immediately adjacent to a Zapovednik (Kizil Agach, 88,360 ha), but there is no overlap and so the lake is not protected. One of the least-known wetlands in Azerbaijan despite its proximity to Kizil Agach Zapovednik (which has scientific staff).
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Ych-chala (Novogolovka-chala). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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