|Central coordinates||43o 19.00' East 40o 36.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B1i, B2|
|Altitude||2,235 - 2,366m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information The area is important for breeding waterbirds.
Site description A small wetland situated 20 km east of Kars, adjacent to the road between Kars and Digor. To the south of the road are 15 ha of open water, with a rich submerged flora (mainly Potamogeton) and a mosaic of emergent sedge-beds. The area to the north is largely seasonal. The lake lies on a vast elevated plateau, covered largely by extensively grazed steppe-grassland.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||breeding||-||15 breeding pairs||-||A1, B2||Endangered|
|Common Crane Grus grus||breeding||-||2-4 breeding pairs||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Drinking water for Kars is pumped from a nearby wellthe wetland seems to be unaffected.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kars Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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