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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Kermanshah
Central coordinates 46o 22.00' East  34o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 4,500 ha
Altitude 1,410 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Gently rolling, cultivated plains set in a valley between folds of the north-west Zagros Mountains and almost completely surrounded by low stony hills. The site is 5-10 km south-south-east of the village of Kerend and 70 km west-south-west of Kermanshah. The land is cultivated (mostly cereals) or fallow, with Artemisia steppe on the surrounding hills. The area is sparsely populated, with only one small village in the extreme south-east. There is some livestock grazing. Land ownership is public and private.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. An important breeding area for Otis tarda in the 1970s, with probably at least 10 nesting females; the birds were present May-September, local farmers reporting concentrations of up to 50-60. Buteo rufinus also breeds, and Aquila chrysaetos is an occasional visitor. Winter visitors include Accipiter gentilis (scarce), and passage migrants include Buteo buteo 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 breeding  1977  10 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland minor

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

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Telesm plain. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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