Plains near Ghorveh

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2 (1994)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Site description
Gently rolling plains at 1,820 m, c.15 km south-east of the town of Ghorveh and south of the Ghorveh-Hamadan road. The area is entirely agricultural (cereals or fallow), except in the north-east where there is a small seasonal marsh. The site is sparsely populated, with only a few small villages. Land ownership is public.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. Otis tarda was a summer visitor to the area in the 1970s, with birds present April-November. As many as 25 birds have been recorded, and c.10 females were thought to nest. Other breeding species include Falco tinnunculus, Coracias garrulus, Athene noctua and Corvus corax. Winter visitors and/or passage migrants include Circus aeruginosus, Falco peregrinus, F. pelegrinoides, Rallus aquaticus and Corvus frugilegus.

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: Plains near Ghorveh. Downloaded from on 07/12/2021.