|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, Razavi Khorasan|
|Central coordinates||60o 55.00' East 34o 45.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description Plains around the villages of Ghoomi and Sarhad near the Afghanistan border north-east of Tayebad. The site is cultivated land (mainly cereals) and fallow land adjacent to sparsely vegetated semi-arid steppic plains and rolling hills. Land ownership is public. Livestock are grazed.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. A very important wintering area for Otis tarda in the 1970s, with birds present from November or December to February. Only small flocks (maximum 26) were observed by Department of the Environment personnel, but local farmers reported concentrations of 500 to 1,000 in mid-winter. Pterocles orientalis is a common resident, and P. alchata occurs (probably as a winter visitor). Cursorius cursor probably breeds on the adjacent semi-desertic plains.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||winter||1977||26-1,000 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 Eftekhar (1973b), Kahrom (1976), Mansoori and Fotoohi (1974), Scott (1980).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tayebad plains at Ghoomi and Sarhad. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014
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