|Central coordinates||44o 16.00' East 37o 29.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B1i, B3|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information Pre-1989 data indicate that Ardea purpurea, Circus aeruginosus, Grus grus and Otis tarda bred, and it is likely that they continue to do so.
Site description A large plain enclosed by high mountains and traversed by the Nehil stream. A large permanent marsh is located in the south-east; temporary marshes and grasslands are found along the river. Large areas are subject to spring flooding. Human activities include extensive grazing and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus||breeding||-||15 breeding pairs||-||B3||Least Concern|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||breeding||-||30-40 individuals||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Common Crane Grus grus||breeding||1989||3-5 breeding pairs||poor||B1i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Water fringe vegetation||15%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||35%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations In 1993 DSÝ completed a flood-protection scheme by draining 2,095 hamarshes and wet grassland in the western and central part of the plain were largely destroyed. An irrigation reservoir is under construction on one of the inflowing streams, possibly leading to the loss of several thousand hectares of natural habitat. The influx of new settlers into Yüksekova has accelerated in recent years, increasing pressure on the wetland.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yüksekova. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/06/2013
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