|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, Hamadan|
|Central coordinates||47o 54.00' East 35o 5.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description Gently rolling plains at 1,820 m, c.15 km south-east of the town of Ghorveh and south of the Ghorveh-Hamadan road. The area is entirely agricultural (cereals or fallow), except in the north-east where there is a small seasonal marsh. The site is sparsely populated, with only a few small villages. Land ownership is public.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Otis tarda was a summer visitor to the area in the 1970s, with birds present April-November. As many as 25 birds have been recorded, and c.10 females were thought to nest. Other breeding species include Falco tinnunculus, Coracias garrulus, Athene noctua and Corvus corax. Winter visitors and/or passage migrants include Circus aeruginosus, Falco peregrinus, F. pelegrinoides, Rallus aquaticus and Corvus frugilegus.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Great Bustard Otis tarda||breeding||1977||10 breeding pairs||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 (1972a), Eftekhar (1972a), Fotoohi and Mansoori (1974), Kahrom (1975), Scott (1971a).
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