Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid VU breeding 2004 present A1
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Goosander Mergus merganser LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Hooded Crane Grus monacha VU - 2009 present A1
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU - 2009 present A1
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus NT breeding 2004 present A4i
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN winter 2009 present A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding 2009 present A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Terhiyn Tsagaan Nuur Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 6,110 protected area overlaps with site 6,110
Khorgo Terkh Zagaan nuur National Conservation Parks 77,267 protected area overlaps with site 26,800


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Forest -
Grassland Steppe -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. Downloaded from on 30/11/2023.