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Location Azerbaijan, Ali-Bayramli
Central coordinates 49o 53.00' East  40o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i
Area 8,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Lake Hajigabul lies in the Kura valley near of Ali-Bairamly town. The lake itself play important role for wintering of water birds and system of fish pounds (with reach overgrows of reed) is suitable habitat for lots of breeding birds. Area of the lake (together with fish pounds and some shoals) is 2500 ha.

Key Biodiversity Although this lake had relatively few reed stands, many waterbirds rest there in winter (e.g. Anas platyrhynchos, diving ducks and sometimes Fulica atra). In the past, good numbers of Anser anser, A. albifrons, A. erythropus and Branta ruficollis were recorded resting during the day after feeding in the Shirvan steppe. The three Anser species still occur at Lake Hadjikabul, but their numbers are very low (Vereshchagin 1950; M. Patrikeev, in litt.). In February 1998, Oxyura leucocephala were observed at Lake Hadjikabul (Cranswick et al. 1998).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  1997-2005  300-960 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  1997-2004  2,000 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high very unfavourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Pollution industrial & military effluents - type unknown/unrecorded likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration medium

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 very poor (< 40%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
info avialable at AOS 2007


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Desert Desert  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 90%
hunting 85%
Notes: Strong shooting of Pygmy Cormorants and some other species, mostly on fish pounds
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 15%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Hajigabul. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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