Ulaagchinii Khar Lake

Country/territory: Mongolia

IBA criteria met: A1 (2009)
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Area: 13,439 ha

Site description (2007 baseline)
The site comprises Khar Lake and the smaller, isolated Baga Lake, which lies to the northwest. Khar Lake is a freshwater lake surrounded by sand dunes to the north and by hills to the south. The lake is 24 km long and 6 km wide. A small stream enters the lake from the east. Baga Lake is a freshwater lake with no outflow surrounded by sand dunes and hill slopes. There is a small island in the lake. The movement and build-up of sand near the shorelines of the two lakes has increased in recent years.

Key biodiversity
The following Globally Threatened species occur at the site: White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala (EN), Great Bustard Otis tarda (VU) and White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis (VU). The nationally threatened Whitetailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla also occurs.

Non-bird biodiversity: No information on other fauna and flora is available.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ulaagchinii Khar Lake. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.