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Location Mongolia, Bayan-Olgii,Khovd
Central coordinates 90o 47.00' East  48o 9.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 74,502 ha
Altitude 2,100 - 3,775m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The site comprises an area of high, snowcapped mountains, located in the centre of the Mongol Altai mountain range, on the border between Khovd and Bayan-Olgii aimags. The mountainous area is barren and rocky, and forest patches are found in some areas.

Key Biodiversity Globally Threatened and Near Threatened species occurring at the site include Saker Falcon Falco cherrug (EN), Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus (NT), White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis (VU) and Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola (VU). The bird community at the site is a good example of the Eurasian high montane biome, and biome-restricted species there include Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus, Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar, Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris, Brown Accentor P. fulvescens, White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogaster and White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis. Large raptors, such as Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos, Steppe Eagle A. nipalensis, Gyps himalayensis, Cinereous Vulture and Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, are common and nest at the site. The site supports Mongolian Accentor Prunella koslowi, the restricted-range species whose breeding range defines the Mongolian Mountains Secondary Area.

Non-bird biodiversity: Many Globally Threatened and Red Data Book of Mongolia species occur at the site, including Snow Leopard Uncia uncia (EN), Siberian Ibex Capra sibirica, Argali Ovis ammon (NT), Red Deer Cervus elaphus, Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx, Pallas's Cat Felis manul, Stone Marten Martes foina and Siberian Marmot Marmota sibirica (EN). Large herds of Siberian Ibex and Argali can be seen, which is a rare sight.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus 2009  present  A3  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 2009  present  A1  Endangered 
White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus 2009  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis 2009  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis 2009  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris 2009  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens 2009  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mongolian Accentor Prunella koslowi 2009  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola 2009  present  A1, A3  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Khukh Serkhyn Nuruu Strict Protected Area 65,920 protected area overlaps with site 0  

Protection status Fully protected by Khokh Serkhiin Nuruu Strictly Protected Area

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Khokh Serkhiin Nuruu. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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