Gently rolling, cultivated plains set in a valley between folds of the north-west Zagros Mountains and almost completely surrounded by low stony hills. The site is 5-10 km south-south-east of the village of Kerend and 70 km west-south-west of Kermanshah. The land is cultivated (mostly cereals) or fallow, with Artemisia steppe on the surrounding hills. The area is sparsely populated, with only one small village in the extreme south-east. There is some livestock grazing. Land ownership is public and private.
See box for key species. An important breeding area for Otis tarda in the 1970s, with probably at least 10 nesting females; the birds were present May-September, local farmers reporting concentrations of up to 50-60. Buteo rufinus also breeds, and Aquila chrysaetos is an occasional visitor. Winter visitors include Accipiter gentilis (scarce), and passage migrants include Buteo buteo and Grus grus.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Data-sheet compiled by Dr D. A. Scott, reviewed by Dept of Environment.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Telesm plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2021.