Site description (2007 baseline)
The site is comprises an area of grassland steppe, rolling hills and several small lakes in the Ulz River valley. The site supports a number of crane species, and is an important area for their breeding and congregation before migration. Livestock husbandry is the main land use.
Globally Threatened species occurring at the site comprise White-naped Crane Grus vipio (VU), Siberian Crane G. leucogeranus (CR), Hooded Crane G. monacha (VU) and Great Bustard Otis tarda (VU). Populations of some waterbirds may reach 1% of their flyway populations.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mongolian Gazelle Procapra gutturosa, Siberian Marmot Marmota sibirica (EN), Pallas’s Cat Felis manul (NT), Grey Wolf Canis lupus and Daurian Hedgehog Mesechinus dauuricus are all common at the site.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Turgen Tsagaan, Zegst, Tuulaitiyn Burd Lakes. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/turgen-tsagaan-zegst-tuulaitiyn-burd-lakes-iba-mongolia on 03/12/2023.