Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve

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Designations
Official nameGhizil-Agaj
Designated21 May 2001
Reference no.1076[1]
Birds of Ghizil-Agaj State Reserve

Qizil-Aghaj State Reserve or Qızılağac State Reserve, meaning golden tree, was established on July 3, 1929 by the Committee on Protection of the Ancient and Art Monuments of Azerbaijan on an area of 884 km² on Kyzylagach Bay at the southwestern shore of the Caspian Sea, in Lankaran District, southeastern Azerbaijan.

Flora and Fauna[edit]

Qizil-Aghaj State Reserve was created for the purpose of protecting, creating conditions for wintering and nesting of migrant, swamp and wild birds in 1929.[2] Along with the reserve, there is also the Little Qizil-Aghaj State Nature Protected area with a total area of 10,700 ha. The Qizil-Aghaj is the first reserve in the country according to the area, and the third according to the establishment. [3]

The reserve was included in the list of UNESCO Ramsar convention "On internationally important swampy areas as the birds' residing places" together with Ag-Gel National Park. [4][5] Most species of birds included in the Red Book of Azerbaijan are found in the reserve and adjacent areas. The reserve accounts for 248 species of birds. Such mammals as wild boar, wolf, wild cat, badger, sable, fox, etc. populate this reserve. There are 54 fish species including clupea, caspian kutum, common carp, wels catfish, sander marinus, common bream, flathead grey mullet in the water basins of this reserve.[2][3]

Birds of Reserve[edit]

The list of birds of the reserve, listed in the Red Book of Azerbaijan
Picture Name

(local name)

Scientific name Picture Name

(local name)

Scientific name
Phoenicopterus roseus (Walvis Bay).jpg Greater flamingo

(Qızılqaz)

Phoenicopterus roseus Tetrax male 1.JPG Little bustard

(Bəzgək)

Tetrax tetrax
Djoudj - Pelican (3).JPG Great white pelican

(Çəhrayı qutan)

Pelecanus onocrotalus Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus) near Hodal W IMG 6559.jpg Western swamphen

(Sultan toyuğu)

Porphyrio porphyrio
Пеликан 03.jpg Dalmatian pelican

(Qıvrımlələk qutan)

Pelecanus crispus Red Breasted Goose (2181934550).jpg Red-breasted goose

(Qırmızıdöş qaz)

Branta ruficollis
Ciconia nigra 1 (Marek Szczepanek).jpg Black stork

(Qara leylək)

Ciconia nigra Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) RWD1.jpg Marbled duck

(Mərmər cürə)

Marmaronetta angustirostris
Loeffler.jpg Eurasian spoonbill

(Ərsindimdik)

Platalea leucorodia CygneVaires.jpg Mute swan

(Fısıldayan qu)

Cygnus olor
Seeadler-flug.jpg White-tailed eagle

(Ağquyruq dəniz qartalı)

Haliaeetus albicilla Zwergschwan-04.jpg Bewick's swan

(Kiçik qu)

Cygnus columbianus bewickii
Kaiseradler Aquila heliaca e amk.jpg Eastern imperial eagle

(Məzar qartalı)

Aquila heliaca Vanellus gregarius.jpg Sociable lapwing

(Qırıldayan cüllüt)

Vanellus gregarius
Orel skalní 2.jpg Golden eagle

(Berkut)

Aquila chrysaetos White-tailed Lapwing I MG 9541.jpg (Ağquyruq çökükburun) Vanellus leucurus
Black Francolin.jpg Black francolin

(Turac)

Francolinus francolinus Glareola pratincola03.jpg (Çöl haçaquyruq cüllütü) Glareola pratincola
Otis tarda (Kiev zoo).jpg Great bustard

(Dovdaq)

Otis tarda

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ghizil-Agaj". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gizil-Agach Reserve - Natural Reserves of Azerbaijan
  3. ^ a b "Qızılağac Dövlət Təbiət Qoruğu".
  4. ^ "Azerbaijan joins the Ramsar Convention".
  5. ^ "United Nations Development Programme" (PDF).

Coordinates: 39°06′06″N 49°00′55″E / 39.10167°N 49.01528°E / 39.10167; 49.01528