Mashankul and Khojakul lake complex

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2013 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
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT passage 2012-2013 536 individuals A1
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 2012-2013 391 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2012-2013 22,023 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2013).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Shrubland Low bushes -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish & salt water, Standing fresh water, Water-fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
rangeland/pastureland -
forestry -

Land ownership
State grounds, the territory has tenants. There is no data on them.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mashankul and Khojakul lake complex. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.