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Location Mongolia, Khovsgol
Central coordinates 101o 55.00' East  49o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 31,630 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 1,600m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description The site is composed of a wide, roughly circular valley of the Zulegt River, which surrounds Tarialan soum, part of the Selenge River valley and large areas of private farmland. The site extends south to the Selenge River, and north, west and east as far as forested mountains. The valley is surrounded by hills, some of which are forested or with rocky outcrops. The site is bisected by a major road from Moron to Hutag Ondor. Threats include disturbance due to heavy traffic along the road, destruction of eggs and chicks by agricultural machinery, and, probably, poaching.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca (VU), Saker Falcon Falco cherrug (EN), Lesser Falcon F. naumanni (VU) and Great Bustard Otis tarda (VU). Hundreds of Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo gather before autumn migration, with at least 1% of the flyway population of this species thought to occur annually.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information is available on other fauna and flora.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 2009  present  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 2009  present  A1  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 2009  present  A4i  Least Concern 

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tarialan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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