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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Khuzestan
Central coordinates 48o 36.00' East  31o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 45 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description A large permanent freshwater marsh with relatively little open water, in an inter-fluvial depression between the Dez and Karkheh rivers 45 km north-north-west of Ahwaz. Open water supports abundant floating and submerged aquatic vegetation, and the marsh is dominated by extensive Phragmites and Typha with a surrounding belt of seasonally inundated sedge marsh and arable land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus resident  1977  common  B2  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1977-1992  350-2,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera winter  1970-1977  6,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope winter  1970-1977  5,300 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1970-1977  15,500 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata winter  1970-1977  4,960 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Teal Anas crecca winter  1970-1977  15,850 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1977  20 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  1977  1,100 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus non-breeding  1974  9 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus winter  1975  50 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis resident  1977  40 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta winter  1970-1977  335 individuals  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea winter  1970-1977  267 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1977  51 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  1977-1992  9,130-23,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1977-1992  33-3,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus resident  1977  100-150 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus winter  1970-1977  620 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta winter  1987-1992  125 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus breeding  1977  100 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus winter  1970-1977  390 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa winter  1970-1977  980 individuals  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1977  150-200 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1970-1977  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   minor
Wetlands (inland)   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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

References Scott (1976a,c, 1978a), Scott and Carp (1972).

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