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).