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Location Mongolia, Dornod
Central coordinates 113o 15.00' East  49o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 35,282 ha
Altitude 812 - 890m
Year of IBA assessment 2009





Site description The site is comprises an area of grassland steppe, rolling hills and several small lakes in the Ulz River valley. The site supports a number of crane species, and is an important area for their breeding and congregation before migration. Livestock husbandry is the main land use.

Key Biodiversity Globally Threatened species occurring at the site comprise White-naped Crane Grus vipio (VU), Siberian Crane G. leucogeranus (CR), Hooded Crane G. monacha (VU) and Great Bustard Otis tarda (VU). Populations of some waterbirds may reach 1% of their flyway populations.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mongolian Gazelle Procapra gutturosa, Siberian Marmot Marmota sibirica (EN), Pallas’s Cat Felis manul (NT), Grey Wolf Canis lupus and Daurian Hedgehog Mesechinus dauuricus are all common at the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus 2009  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha 2009  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protection status Unprotected

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Turgen Tsagaan, Zegst, Tuulaitiyn Burd Lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014

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