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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari
Central coordinates 50o 50.00' East  31o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i
Area 1,600 ha
Altitude 2,100 m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description Cheghakhor (Chogakhor) Marsh lies in the upper drainage of the Karun river on a broad grassy plain at c.2,100 m in the central Zagros Mountains, c.95 km west of Shahreza. It is a permanent freshwater marsh which floods in winter and spring, but by late summer much of it is dry and the remainder is almost entirely overgrown with emergent vegetation. The vegetation is Phragmites and Typha beds surrounded by sedge. Large portions of the adjacent grassy plains are cultivated with wheat. Land ownership is public.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. An important wintering area for Casmerodius albus, Anas platyrhynchos (up to 6,700) and Aythya nyroca. Marmaronetta angustirostris has been recorded recently.

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
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris winter  1992  57 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1987-1992  103 individuals  good  A1, B1i  Near Threatened 


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

Land use

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

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

References Scott (1976a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cheghakor marsh. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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