IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2002 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
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis LC breeding 1995 1,000-2,000 individuals B2
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT passage 1995 1,000-1,500 individuals A1, B2
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU passage 1995 6-10 individuals B2
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1995 9,500-15,000 individuals B1iv

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2002).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Desert -
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Sardarapat. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.