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Location Russia (Central Asian), Altay Republic
Central coordinates 87o 34.00' East  49o 18.55' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 252,900 ha
Altitude 1,800 - 4,082m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Key Biodiversity Important area for waterbirds, Anser indicus, Cygnus cygnus, Anser fabalis, Aquila heliaca, Falco cherrug, F. naumanni..

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus breeding  2005  5-15 breeding pairs  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus breeding  2005  15-40 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2005  1-4 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  2005  12-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2005  1-5 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Near Threatened 
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis breeding  2005  4-12 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2005  2-5 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  2005  10-15 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Solitary Snipe Gallinago solitaria breeding  2005  1 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Mountain-finch Leucosticte brandti breeding  2005  10-15 breeding pairs  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Golden Mountains of Altai World Heritage Site 1,611,457 protected area contains site 252,904  
Plato Ukok National Park 254,000 protected area contains site 252,904  
Zona pokoja Ukok Zapovednik 854,905 is identical to site 854,905  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland; Tundra  73%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  7%
Rocky areas   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 28%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
tourism/recreation 70%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References Ignatenko B.N.Mitrofanov O.B.Te D.E.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Plateau Ukok. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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