Tayebad plains at Ghoomi and Sarhad

Country/territory: Iran, Islamic Republic of

IBA criteria met: A1, B2 (1994)
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Area: 40,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
Plains around the villages of Ghoomi and Sarhad near the Afghanistan border north-east of Tayebad. The site is cultivated land (mainly cereals) and fallow land adjacent to sparsely vegetated semi-arid steppic plains and rolling hills. Land ownership is public. Livestock are grazed.

Key biodiversity
See box for key species. A very important wintering area for Otis tarda in the 1970s, with birds present from November or December to February. Only small flocks (maximum 26) were observed by Department of the Environment personnel, but local farmers reported concentrations of 500 to 1,000 in mid-winter. Pterocles orientalis is a common resident, and P. alchata occurs (probably as a winter visitor). Cursorius cursor probably breeds on the adjacent semi-desertic plains.

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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tayebad plains at Ghoomi and Sarhad. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.