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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kordestan
Central coordinates 47o 7.00' East  35o 53.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 1,800 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Rolling plains, deeply dissected by a number of intermittent streams, at 1,800 m in northern Kurdistan, c.65 km north of Sanandaj. Most of the area is cultivated with wheat, and there is Artemisia steppe on the adjacent hills. There are few villages and virtually no roads. Land ownership is private.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Otis tarda is a regular visitor from August to November and may breed; up to 16 were observed by Department of the Environment personnel in the early 1970s, and local farmers reported concentrations of 30-40. Breeding species include Buteo rufinus, Falco tinnunculus, Pterocles orientalis, Columba livia and Athene noctua. Winter visitors include Accipiter nisus and Montifringilla nivalis, and passage migrants include Aquila nipalensis and Grus grus.

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 non-breeding  1972  16-40 individuals  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major

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

References Adhami (1972a), Eftekhar (1972b, 1973a), Fotoohi and Mansoori (1974), Kahrom (1975), Scott (1971b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Divandareh/Zarrineh Owbatu. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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