The site was identified as important in 1994 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris||NT||breeding||1966-1975||present||A1|
|Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni||VU||breeding||1966||present||A1|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||n/a||passage||1975||min 20,000 individuals||A4iii|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1994).
|Habitat (IUCN level 1)||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Darqad. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/darqad-iba-afghanistan on 28/11/2023.