- Reed Parrotbill
- Paradoxornis heudei David, 1872
- Passeriformes - Paradoxornithidae
- Бахимхушуу хургач
Status: Very rare species. According to the IUCN Red List categories and
criteria, the species evaluated as-Critically Endangered.
Distribution and Range: Russian federation, China and Mongolia. These species occur from
the Khankha Lake, mid Sungari River to the Ilistei River, the Khokh River
estuary, Buir Lake, The Khalkh and Guu, Azargiin Rivers and Tashgain Tavan Nuur
Habitat: Dense, tall reed beds growing river banks, rever, deltas, lake
valleys and islands of rivers.
Population and Threats: There is an estimation of 8 individuals occuing per 1 km
territory in areas with tall reeds in the Buir Lake, Tashgain Tavan Lake,
Khalkh, Guu Rivers. Endangered due to habitat degradation caused by reed
cutting and fires, affecting the feeding and breeding sites. Strong winds also
damage nests, egss and fledgelings.
Conservation and Measures: Included as very rare animal in the Mongolian Law on Fauna, the
Mongolian Red Book (1987, 1997), and the Asia Red Data Book for Birds (2001).
Further Action: Fully assess the distribution and population abundance. Regulate
reed cutting around the Tashgain Tavan Lake. Organize conservation efforts for
protecting population in the Guu, Azarga and Buir Lake and raise public
awareness in conservation nessessity.