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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Sistan and Baluchestan
Central coordinates 58o 20.00' East  25o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B2, B3
Area 14,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 1994

Site description The site covers c.35 km of Arabian Sea coast 45-80 km east of Jask, comprising an extensive complex of tidal creeks, mudflats, mangrove, sandbanks and low muddy offshore islands and sandbars. The rivers flow only after erratic rainfall in the interior, usually in winter. Extensive stands of mangrove Avicennia marina occur at the river mouths and along tidal creeks. The adjacent arid plain supports a relatively dense woodland of Acacia, Prosopis and Ziziphus interspersed with bare sandflats. Stands of tall Tamarix forest line the river banks. The area is remote, with only a few tiny fishing villages nearby.

Key Biodiversity See box for key species. An important wintering area for shorebirds, gulls and terns, with smaller numbers of Pelecanus crispus, Platalea leucorodia and Phoenicopterus ruber. Ardeola grayii is probably resident in the mangrove. The sandy plains and woodland support a typical Baluchi avifauna including Francolinus pondicerianus and Dendrocopos assimilis. Accipiter badius, Streptopelia orientalis, Saxicola caprata and Sylvia nana have been recorded in autumn.

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
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  1977  48 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus non-breeding  1977  6 individuals  good  B2  Endangered 
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata winter  1970-1977  350 individuals  good  B1i  Near Threatened 
Sind Woodpecker Dendrocopos assimilis resident  1977  frequent  B3  Least Concern 
Small Whitethroat Sylvia minula winter  1977  42 individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture minor

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: Rud-i-Jagin and Rud-i-Gabrik deltas. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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