|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, East Azarbaijan|
|Central coordinates||46o 42.00' East 37o 55.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description Lake Gori is a fresh to brackish, eutrophic lake lying at 1,950 m on the north side of the main Tabriz--Tehran highway, c.40 km east-south-east of Tabriz. It is fed by local rainfall, springs and small streams, receiving the bulk of its water after the spring snow-melt, and overflows at its north-east corner into a small stream; there is little fluctuation in water level. The bottom is a mud deposit on shale and rocks. The lake is generally frozen by late December and remains so, often under deep snow, all winter. There are extensive areas of Phragmites, Juncus, Carex and Scirpus around the shore and abundant underwater vegetation. The surrounding area is semi-arid steppe with one small settlement and wheat cultivation on the west and damp grassland on the south-west. Sport fishing, grazing, reed-cutting and wildfowl hunting occur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||breeding||1977||4 breeding pairs||good||B1i||Near Threatened|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||passage||1977||40 individuals||good||B1i||Near Threatened|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||breeding||1977||4 breeding pairs||good||B2||Endangered|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||passage||1977||15 individuals||good||A1||Endangered|
|Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis||breeding||1977||125-150 breeding pairs||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Lake Gori||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||120||is identical to site||120|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||100%|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.
References Carp (1980), Ramsar Convention Bureau (1993), Scott (1976a,c).
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