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Location Uzbekistan, Surkhandarya
Central coordinates 66o 59.73' East  37o 22.68' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 10,693 ha
Altitude 273 - 295m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)

Site description The IBA is situated 23 km to the NW of Termez town, in the first floodplain terrace of the Amudarya river between Kaptarhona and Sholiker villages (on the border with Afghanistan). It is 1.5-6 km wide and about 30 km long. The Amudarya river is on the south and south-west boundary, loess precipices which border the first and second floodplain terraces, waterlogged areas and reedbeds are the natural borders of the site. There are also rice and winter wheat fields, sandbanks, rivers, stream, marshes, canals and roads.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus winter  2003-2005  54-500 adults only  good  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2003-2005  5,942-31,010 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  2003-2005  5,728-15,781 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris passage  2001-2005  100 individuals  medium  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo winter  2003-2005  9-2,211 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  2005  common  A1  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca winter  2005  6 individuals  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax winter  2003-2005  150-2,000 adults only  good  A1  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo passage  2005  140-1,500 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  2001-2005  6,010-22,169 adults only  good  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2003-2005  39,811-68,881 individuals  medium  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   85%
Wetlands (inland)   15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
Notes: Rise and winter wheat are grown on the fields.
military 100%
Notes: This territory is a borderland and protected by military. Access to IBA is limited for everyone.
water management minor
Notes: Water from Amudarya comes to canals by a pumping station< which situated into the big bilding.

Other biodiversity Mammals recorded in the area include jackal (Canis aureus), wild cats (Felis chaus and Felis manul), wild boar and the globally endangered Bukhara Deer. There are House Mice and Green Toads in the fields. Dice snake can be seen in the canals. There are catfish, Crucian carp, Common carp and the introducted Snakehead. There are also 2 rare species of Shovelnose sturgeon. There are reeds and tamarisk bushes on the banks. Wild poplar and clematis are reminders of former tugai forests. There are bushes of Iriantus along the canals and Karelinia in wet places. The majority of the site is covered with cultivated rice and winter wheat fields. Uncultivated fields are overgrown with reed and wormwood.

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: Amudarya floodlands near Termez. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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