IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1991-2004 500-1,200 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1991-2004 350-900 individuals B1i, B3
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC resident 1996-2004 685-2,800 individuals B1i
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1996-2004 2,500 individuals B1i
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU winter 1996-2004 15-950 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC winter 1996-2004 850-3,700 individuals B1i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC winter 1996-2004 1,000-4,200 individuals A4i, B1i, B2
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT breeding 1996-2004 60-125 breeding pairs A1, B1i, B2
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC resident 1996-2004 1,000-4,300 individuals A4i, B1i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT resident 1996-2004 1,200-1,500 individuals A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC winter 1996-2004 6,800 individuals A4i, B1i, B2
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 1996-2004 4,100-15,830 individuals A4i, B1i
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC winter 1996-2004 650-2,400 individuals B1i, B2
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1996-2004 1,400-18,700 individuals B1i
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos LC winter 1996-2004 300-12,700 individuals B1i
Northern Pintail Anas acuta LC winter 1996-2004 1,200-3,800 individuals B1i, B2
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC winter 1996-2004 500-550 individuals B1i
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus VU winter 1996-2004 320 individuals B1i
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC winter 1996-2004 1,100-1,500 individuals B1i
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio LC resident 1996-2004 5,000-6,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1991-2004 20,000-65,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT winter 1996-2004 25,600-41,000 individuals A1, A4ii
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC breeding 1988-2004 200-1,750 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC breeding 1988-2004 2,900-8,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides LC breeding 1988-2004 540-6,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis LC breeding 1996-2004 3,150 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC resident 1988-2004 4,000-5,850 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1991-2004 10-360 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC breeding 1995-2004 1,800-3,150 breeding pairs A1, A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1988-1991 20,000-25,000 breeding pairs A4iii
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1991 110,000 individuals A4iii

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Aghgol National Park National Park 17,924 protected area contains site 17,924
Agh-Ghol Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 500 protected area contained by site 500
Ag-Gelskiy State Nature Reserve 4,400 protected area contained by site 4,400
Ag-Gel Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve 3,900 protected area contained by site 3,900

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Aggyol branch of Azerbaijan Ornithological Society 2007
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Desert Semidesert -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Aggyol. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.