Susangerd marshes

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i (1994)
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Area: 30,000 ha

Site description
A complex of permanent and seasonal, freshwater to brackish marshes and seasonally flooded arable land on the flood-plain of the Karkheh river, 60-90 km west-north-west of Ahwaz near the Iraqi border. The site comprises the north-east extremity of the vast Hoor Al Azim (Haur Hawizeh) marshes, the bulk of which lies in Iraq. The adjacent semi-desertic plains have sparse steppic vegetation.

Key biodiversity
See boxes for key species. An important wintering area for geese, surface-feeding ducks and shorebirds, notably Anser anser, Anas strepera and Himantopus himantopus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Susangerd marshes. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.