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Location Uzbekistan, Bukhoro
Central coordinates 64o 40.33' East  39o 15.03' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 1,555 ha
Altitude 250 - 252m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)



Site description This site is situated 30 km to the SE of Bukhara city. Zekry was formed in the beginning of the 1990s as a result of emergency evacuation of water from a drainage network to the naturally low sand desert. Currently it is a shallow reservoir with a gently sloping shore and well developed reedbeds. There are tamarisk bushes along the lakeside. The water is brackish and comes to the lake through the collector channel. The lake floods extensively during times of high waterlevels. The site is important for concentrations of migrating and wintering waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2005  26-25,546 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  2000-2009  3,027-17,785 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  2000-2004  1-185 adults only  good  A1  Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  2003-2006  9-52 adults only  good  A1  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  2005-2006  5-35 adults only  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  2000-2005  7,767-19,600 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2000-2009  23,390-43,756 individuals  medium  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   5%
Shrubland   5%
Desert   10%
Wetlands (inland)   80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
fisheries/aquaculture 40%

Other biodiversity Jackal, Steppe Cat and Libyan Jird are common in the area. Fish include common carp, rudd, khramulya and zander. In the adjoining sand desert are Tolay hare, Great gerbil, Brandt's hedgehog, Corsac fox, Steppe tortoise, Desert monitor are Phrynocerhalus interscapularis. Desert monitor is included on the IUCN Red List. Plants are represented by typical desert associations.

References IWC National Data base (2003-2005) Wetland International IWC Data Base (2003-2005)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zekry Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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