Shirvan area

Site description (1994 baseline):

Site location and context
Cultivated upland plains (cereals and sugar beet) at c.1,100 m in the vicinity of Hosseynabad village, 5–15 km west of Shirvan. Land ownership is public and private. Livestock grazing occurs.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. An important staging area for Otis tarda in November-December. Flocks of 64 (1972) and 53 (1974) have been observed by Department of the Environment personnel, and flocks of over 100 are reported by local farmers. A few birds remain into January, by which time the plains are usually under snow. Falco pelegrinoides is an occasional visitor, and Sturnus roseus is a common passage migrant.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
No conservation measures are known to have been proposed and there is no information on threats to the site.

Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shirvan area. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.