Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of
IBA Criteria met: A1, B2 (1994)
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Area: 5,000 ha
Gently rolling plains at 1,820 m, bordered to the north by the Sanandaj-Hamadan road, to west and south by hill ranges, and to the east by the Cham-e-Golan river. The area is entirely under cultivation for cereals or fallow land, except for several marshy streams. There is a small village at the edge of the hills and several villages along the Cham-e-Golan, but the area is very sparsely populated.
See box for key species. An important breeding area for Otis tarda in the 1970s; 5-10 females were thought to nest, the birds being present May-September. Flocks of Anas querquedula and Philomachus pugnax have been observed in the marshy areas in autumn.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dasht-i Gaz. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/04/2023.