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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Esfahan
Central coordinates 50o 50.00' East  33o 40.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 200,000 ha
Altitude 1,770 - 2,930m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description The site lies in an intermontane basin on the western edge of the Central Plateau, c.135 km north-west of Isfahan. About half is mountainous (peaks rising to 2,930 m) or rolling foothills (2,000-2,225 m), and the remainder comprises open plains in four valley regions (1,770-2,000 m). The dominant plant community throughout most of the site is tragacanthic steppe with Artemisia. Land ownership is public. Livestock are grazed.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. The avifauna of the reserve is characteristic of the extensive semi-arid steppic plains which fringe the central desert basin of Iran. Other breeding species include Aquila chrysaetos, Falco tinnunculus, Pterocles orientalis (particularly common), Columba livia, Streptopelia decaocto, Athene noctua, Coracias garrulus, Upupa epops and Lanius excubitor (presumed). Passage migrants include Falco peregrinus, and F. pelegrinoides is an occasional visitor.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Capra hircus aegagrus (rare), Ovis ammon (rare, estimated 700–800 in 1970), Gazella subgutturosa (rare, c.5,000), Lynx lynx (rare), Canis lupus (V), Acinonyx jubatus (V; an occasional visitor in the mid- and late 1970s, but has not been observed in recent years).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1977  1 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Moteh Protected Area 200,000 is identical to site 200,000  


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
rangeland/pastureland major

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

References Firouz (1974), Firouz et al. (1970), Noll and Noll (1970), Scott (1976b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mooteh Protected Area. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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