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Location Uzbekistan, Kashkadarya
Central coordinates 65o 34.18' East  38o 22.28' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 8,040 ha
Altitude 375 - 391m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)

Site description The site is situated 45 km southwest of the town of Karshi, on the border of reclaimed land and the desert. The length of reservoir is 14 km; average width, 5.5 km (widest point 7 km); average depth is 20.0 m (deepest point 40 m). The reservoir is fed by water from the Amudarya river through the main Karshi canal. Water quality depends on that of the Amudarya river. Water salinity is constant in the region of 0.7-0.8 g/l. The reservoir does not freeze and has limited vegetation cover. The gently sloping shores are covered with sparse arid vegetation impoverished as a result of overgrazing by cattle. Thickets of tamarisk occur in some places.

Key Biodiversity Observations carried out in the vicinity of the reservoir (steppe sites) in the last few years have revealed Chlamidotis undulata on migration and it is possible that the species also breeds. The breeding bird community of the reservoir is poor, which is connected with the instability of the hydrological regime. In winter, the situation significantly changes. In the course of two years of winter counts, 23 species of waterfowl were recorded wintering on the reservoir, including the globally endangered Aythya nyroca. Two national Red Data Book species were also recorded - Haliaeetus albicilla and Larus ichthyaetus. The number of water birds concentrated here in winter corresponds to Ramsar and IBA criteria as a site of international importance. In January 2000 and 2004, the number of waterbirds recorded were 66,698 and 57,022 respectively.

Non-bird biodiversity: The following species inhabiting desert and semi-desert areas were recorded: rodents by gerbils and Long-clawed Ground Squirrel; Muskrat inhabits areas bordering canals and collector water courses; predators by Vulpes vulpes karagan, Golden Jackal and Steppe Cat; and reptiles by Steppe Agama. Fish in the reservoir include sazan and, cat-fish. Tree-shrub vegetation in the coastal zone has almost been lost to agricultural development, collection of firewood by local residents and overgrazing by cattle. Small areas of sparse thickets of tamarisk, saltwort and Artemisia sp. can be found and Koreleniya grows in the damp depressions.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2004  1,020-37,902 adults only  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  2000-2004  8,139-34,734 adults only  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  2000  50 adults only  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  2007  300 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo passage  2007  6,005 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2000-2004  57,022-66,698 individuals  medium  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2006 very high not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
Notes: Lands in the coastal part of the water body are used as pastures for domestic cattle. All the year round, the water body is used as the watering pond for small cattle.
fisheries/aquaculture 80%
Notes: If used for fisheries under the long-term rent, it will bring about practically non-regulated and uncontrolled catch of fish.
water management 100%
Notes: The water body is significantly affected by water management conditions. Water discharges depending on the agricultural needs reach 80%. This prevents the formation of the nesting avian fauna on the water body.

References Atadjanov, A., Filatov, A., Lanovenko, Y., Zagrebin, S., Chernogaev, E., Khodjaev, J. (2001) Aerial Survey of Wetlands in Uzbekistan (winter 2000). Report of the project RSGF "Protection of Uzbekistan's Wetlands and their Waterfowl". Part 3. Tashkent, June 2001. IWC National Data Base (2003-2005) Wetland International IWC Data Base (2003-2004)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Talimarzhan Reservoir. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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