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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, West Azarbaijan
Central coordinates 45o 40.00' East  37o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 500 ha
Altitude 1,300 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description The site comprises two adjacent areas of freshwater marsh, Gordeh Git and Mamiyand, on the plains 10 km south of Lake Uromiyeh and c.30 km north of Mahabad. Most of the wetland is covered with tall stands of Phragmites. Land ownership is public.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Breeding birds include Ciconia ciconia (common summer visitor), Oxyura leucocephala, Circus aeruginosus and Glareola pratincola. Large numbers of wintering waterfowl have been recorded in recent years, and Chlidonias leucopterus is a common passage migrant.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea winter  1987-1992  2,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna winter  1987-1992  3,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda winter  1977  20 individuals  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

References Cornwallis (1976), Scott (1976a).

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

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