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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Hamadan
Central coordinates 48o 2.00' East  34o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 1,500 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description Lying c.45 km west-south-west of Hamadan, the site is a shallow basin 21 km long by up to 12-14 km wide, almost completely surrounded by a ring of hills 1,800-2,100 m high. The central area remains grassland, but is heavily grazed by domestic livestock and Euphorbia is common, while the gently sloping perimeter is cultivated with cereals. The small towns of Assadabad and Kharkiz are situated on the northern margin, and there are about nine small villages scattered across the plain. The main Hamadan to Kermanshah road crosses the eastern edge of the plain. The surrounding hills are Artemisia steppe. The plain is relatively densely populated. Land ownership is private.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1977  20 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
rangeland/pastureland major
hunting -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Assadabad plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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