IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1994

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN breeding 1971 300 breeding pairs A1, A4i
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1976 10 individuals A1, A4i
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1976 3,150 individuals A4i
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU winter 1965 present A1
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT breeding 1971 200 breeding pairs A1, A4i
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT winter 1971 63 individuals A1, A4i
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC winter 1976 2,500 individuals A4i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1976 50,000 individuals A4i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT winter 1976 100 individuals A4i
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula LC winter 1976 2,500 individuals A4i
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 1976 10,100 individuals A4i
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC winter 1976 12,050 individuals A4i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1976 11,050 individuals A4i
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos LC winter 1976 21,326 individuals A4i
Northern Pintail Anas acuta LC winter 1976 15,600 individuals A4i
Common Teal Anas crecca LC winter 1976 27,220 individuals A4i
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius LC breeding 1949 present A3
Sykes's Nightjar Caprimulgus mahrattensis LC resident 1904-1905 common A3
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1971 175,000 individuals A4i
Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii VU resident 1975 present A1, A3
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea LC winter 1971 425 individuals A4i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1971 1,826 individuals A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1976 350 individuals A1, A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC winter 1975 1,260 individuals A4i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1975 232 individuals A4i
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 1971 895 individuals A4i
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU winter 1975 7 individuals A1
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC winter 1975 11 individuals A1
Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus LC breeding 1975 present A3
Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus LC resident 1975 uncommon A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1976 357,000-3,570,000 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Hamun-i-Puzak Waterfowl Sanctuary 35,000 is identical to site 35,000


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay, Desert & semi-desert - salty -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing brackish & salt water, Standing fresh water, Temporary water bodies, Water-fringe vegetation -
Shrubland Low bushes, Scrub -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
other -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hamun-i-Puzak. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.