|Location||Iran, Islamic Republic of, Hamadan|
|Central coordinates||48o 2.00' East 34o 42.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|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.
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||major|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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 (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Assadabad plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2013
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