Airag Lake

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

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 2004 present A1, A4i
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid VU breeding 2004 present A1
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC - 2004 present A4i
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC - 2004 present A4i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU - 2004 present A4i
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC - 2004 present A4i
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC - 2004 present A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT breeding 2004 present A1, A4i
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii LC breeding 2004 present A3, A4i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC - 2004 present A4i
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus NT - 2004 present A4i
Relict Gull Larus relictus VU breeding 2004 present A1
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN breeding 2004 present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 2004 20,000 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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Khyargas Lake National Park 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Khan Khukhii-Khyragas Lake National Conservation Parks 221,598 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ayrag lake Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 45,000 protected area overlaps with site 34,800
Airag Lake National Park 34,800 is identical to site 34,800


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Desert -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Airag Lake. Downloaded from on 22/01/2021.