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Location Mongolia, Dornogobi,Khentii
Central coordinates 109o 55.00' East  46o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 42,015 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 1,527m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Site description The site is composed of mountain steppe, rocky hills, river valleys and grassland steppe. It provides important breeding and roosting habitats for many species during breeding and migration. Livestock husbandry is the main land use.

Key Biodiversity The site supports several Globally Threatened species, including Saker Falcon Falco cherrug (EN), Lesser Kestrel F. naumanni (VU), Whitenaped Crane Grus vipio (VU) and Swan Goose Anser cygnoides (EN). In addition, Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus (NT), Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo, Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis and Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius regularly nest at the site.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals that occur at the site include Argali Ovis ammon (NT), Red Deer Cervus elaphus, Grey Wolf Canis lupus, Siberian Marmot Marmota sibirica (EN), Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, Corsac Fox V. corsac, Pallas's Cat Felis manul (NT), Asian Badger Meles leucurus, Least Weasel Mustela nivalis and Daurian Ground Squirrel Spermophilus dauricus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2009  present  A1  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 2009  present  A1  Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Maikhant Mountain. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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