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Location Iran, Islamic Republic of, Sistan and Baluchestan
Central coordinates 60o 20.00' East  25o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B3
Area 33,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 1994





Site description Chahbahar Bay, on the coast of south-east Iranian Baluchistan, is an almost circular bay c.22 km across and 18 km from north to south, with an entrance 14 km wide between rocky headlands. The shore is a sand beach backed by a broad belt of low dunes. There is a large creek with extensive intertidal mudflats near the small fishing village of Konarak on the west side of the bay (Khor Konarak, 25°20'N 60°20'E). The much larger harbour town of Chahbahar is situated in the lee of the rocky headland at the east side. The sand beaches and tidal mudflats lack vegetation other than algae. The coastal dunes support typical vegetation, while the inland plain supports an open woodland of Acacia, Prosopis, Ziziphus and Tamarix, with large areas of bare sandflats. Land ownership is public.

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 
Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris resident  1977  2 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Near Threatened 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans winter  1977  3,500 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport minor
fisheries/aquaculture major

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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

References Scott (1975b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chahbahar Bay and Khor Konarak. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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