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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, North Khorasan
Central coordinates 57o 50.00' East  37o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Cultivated upland plains (cereals and sugar beet) at c.1,100 m in the vicinity of Hosseynabad village, 5–15 km west of Shirvan. Land ownership is public and private. Livestock grazing occurs.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. An important staging area for Otis tarda in November-December. Flocks of 64 (1972) and 53 (1974) have been observed by Department of the Environment personnel, and flocks of over 100 are reported by local farmers. A few birds remain into January, by which time the plains are usually under snow. Falco pelegrinoides is an occasional visitor, and Sturnus roseus 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
Great Bustard Otis tarda passage  1972-1974  53-100 individuals  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland minor

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

References Adhami (1972b), Kharom (1976), Mansoori and Fotoohi (1974).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shirvan area. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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