Elevation: 860-1,385 m
protected by Onon-Balj National Park.
Site description: The site comprises the two major rivers,
Onon and Balj of Dadal soum, tributary of Galttai River, Ikh and Baga Tsagaan
Lakes, Khurkhree Lake, Agats River valley and their tributaries. Coniferous and
broadleaf forests, bushes and wild berry shrubs are abundant at the site. The
site provides good habitats for birds to nest, oversummer and overwinter,
stopover during migration, because it supports various steppe biotopes with
rocky cliffs, medium-sized rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, valleys and rolling
hills. The land of the site never used for agriculture and the major uses of
land is livestock grazing and hay making. Tourism has started rapidly growing
based on natural landscapes and historical sites. The major threat at the site
is wildfire that occurs every year.
Importance for birds: Globally and
nationally threatened bird species such as Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides),
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa), Pallas’s Fisheagle (Haliaeetus
leucoryphus), Greater Spotted Eagle
(Aquila clanga), Eastern Imperial Eagle (A. heliacal), Lesser
Kestrel (F. naumanni), Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), Siberian
Crane (Grus leucogeranus), White-naped Crane (G.vipio), Hooded
Crane (G. monacha) and Great Bustard (Otis tarda) regularly occur at the site. The northern coniferous forest biome can be found
at the site. Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula),
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo) and Common Crane (Grus grus)
are gather in flocks, exceeding 1% of their flyway populations.
and fauna: Mammal species
such as European Elk (Alces alces), Musk Deer (Moschus moschiferus Linnaeus), Red
Deer (Cervus elaphus), Siberian
Roe Deer (Capreolus pygargus), Wild Boar (Sus
scrofa), European badger (Meles meles), Lynx (Felis lynx) and
Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) occur at the site. Rare fish species include
Eastern Brook Lamprey (Lampetra reissneri), Amur Sturgeon (Acipenser
schrenckii), Chadary (Coregonus chadary), Haitej Sculpin (Mesocottus
haitej) and Alpine Bullhead (Cottus Poecilopus) live here.