|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, North Khorasan|
|Central coordinates||57o 50.00' East 37o 25.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|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.
|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||Extent (% of site)|
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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