|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, West Azarbaijan|
|Central coordinates||46o 10.00' East 36o 55.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description An area of undulating plains set at 1,260 m between ranges of stony hills on either side of the Zarrineh Rud, lying between the villages of Nowruzlu and Ghazanlu, 15-32 km south-east of Miandoab and c.45 km east-north-east of Mahabad. The site also includes Nowruzlu Dam, a small water storage reservoir of c.1,000 ha on the Zarrineh Rud in the north-west. The plain is fairly heavily populated, with several villages and a complex network of gravel and dirt roads. A line of high-tension power cables crosses the site. The plains are cultivated (primarily wheat) and the adjacent rolling hills are Artemisia steppe. There is a small marshy area with some reedbeds and shrubby vegetation where the river enters Nowruzlu Dam. Livestock (mainly sheep and goats) graze on fallow land and the adjacent hills.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons||winter||1977||156 individuals||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||passage||1977||650 individuals||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Garganey Anas querquedula||passage||1977||5,000 individuals||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus||non-breeding||1977||830 individuals||good||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||breeding||1977||4 breeding pairs||good||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||passage||1977||37 individuals||good||A1, B2||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||major|
|Artificial landscapes (aquatic)||6%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.
References Adhami (1972a), Fotoohi and Mansoori (1974), Fotoohi and Scott (1975), Scott (1971a,b, 1976a).
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