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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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata winter  1997-2005  3,200-6,400 individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  1997-2005  267 individuals  medium    Vulnerable 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1997-2004  9-19 breeding pairs  poor    Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca resident  1997-2004  22-52 breeding pairs  poor    Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  1997-2005  300-960 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1997-2005  1,030-2,745 individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus resident  1997-2004  400-650 individuals  medium    Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  1997-2004  2,000 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius winter  1997-2005  14 individuals  medium    Critically Endangered 

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Hajigabul. Downloaded from on 23/04/2014

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