Taatsiin tsagaan lake

Surface area: 12.385ha
Elevation: 1.234-1.478m                                                    

Protection status: Unprotected.

Site description: Taatsiin Tsagaan is mineral water lake, surrounded by semi-desert vegetation zone, is located next to Baruun Bayan-Ulaan soum center, Uvurkhangai province. However, until recently, the lake with high water level was an important area for migratory waterbirds, currently it is dry. Taatsiin River flows into the lake when it rains a lot. Taatsiin Tsagaan Lake lies within the Valley of Lakes Ramsar Site.

Importance for birds: Globally threatened bird species such as Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Pallas’s Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus leucoryphus) and Relict Gull (Larus relictus) occur at the site. Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) and Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) also occur, exceeding 1% of their flyway populations. The site also supports bird species of Eurasian steppe and desert biome.

Special flora and fauna: Globally endangered, Pallas's Cat (Felis manul) occurs at the site. Grey Wolf (Canis lupus), Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac) and Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) occur here.

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