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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kordestan
Central coordinates 47o 20.00' East  35o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 1,820 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Gently rolling plains at 1,820 m, bordered to the north by the Sanandaj-Hamadan road, to west and south by hill ranges, and to the east by the Cham-e-Golan river. The area is entirely under cultivation for cereals or fallow land, except for several marshy streams. There is a small village at the edge of the hills and several villages along the Cham-e-Golan, but the area is very sparsely populated.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. An important breeding area for Otis tarda in the 1970s; 5-10 females were thought to nest, the birds being present May-September. Flocks of Anas querquedula and Philomachus pugnax have been observed in the marshy areas in autumn.

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 breeding  1977  5-10 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   major
Wetlands (inland)   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), Baheri (1971), Scott (1971a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Dasht-i Gaz. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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