Karun river marshes

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (1994)
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Area: 2,500 ha

Site description
Seasonally flooded arable land (mainly wheat), with scattered ponds and permanent marshy areas, on the east bank of the Karun river 55 km north-north-east of Ahwaz. Most of the area dries out completely in summer, but a few of the deeper pools and meandering watercourses remain wet and provide some breeding habitat for waterfowl.

Key biodiversity
See boxes for key species. A very important wintering area for geese, Tadorna ferruginea, surface-feeding ducks, Grus grus, several shorebirds and Pterocles alchata. Motacilla citreola is also fairly common in winter.

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 (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karun river marshes. Downloaded from on 23/09/2021.