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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Sistan and Baluchestan
Central coordinates 57o 40.00' East  25o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 11,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description A large tidal creek (Khor Jask) and adjacent mudflats, beaches, dunes and sparsely vegetated sandy plains on the coast of south-west Iranian Baluchistan, a few kilometres north of the fishing port of Jask. The creek extends several kilometres inland and contains a particularly fine stand (c.100 ha) of mangrove Avicennia marina at its far end. Land ownership is public.

Key Biodiversity See boxes for key species. An important staging and wintering area for a wide variety of shorebirds, gulls and terns. Ardeola grayii and Burhinus recurvirostris are probably resident, and Ardea goliath has been recorded. Pterocles exustus and Calandrella raytal occur on the plains.

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
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath winter  1977  1 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1977  42 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris resident  1977  1 breeding pairs  good  B3  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1970-1977  250 individuals  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Larus cachinnans winter  1987-1992  1,200 individuals  good  B1i  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Sea   minor
Coastline   major
Forest   1%
Desert   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

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: Khor Jask. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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