|Central coordinates||63o 34.20' East 42o 38.92' North|
|Altitude||350 - 658m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2006|
Site description The Bukantau mountain ridge is part of the northern mountain ridge system in the Central Kyzylkum. The highest point is 765 m above sea level, but average altitudes are between 350-500 m. The nearest town is Uchkuduk, situated 50 km to the south. Other large settlements are Kulkuduk and Juskuduk, situated to the south and east of Bukantau respectively. The proposed IBA is the northern side of the mountain. Here there are many steep stony ravines over a length of 3-8 km. These have rare seasonal springs with fresh or brackish water. A large number of nesting raptors is observed here. Although only a few sites have been formally proposed under the A3 biome-restricted criteria (for biome CA04b Eurasian Desert and Semi-desert), many of the IBAs in the Kyzylkum Desert region support populations of biome-restricted species and, effectively, form a network of sites throughout the area.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||breeding||2006||10-50 adults only||medium||A1||Least Concern|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||resident||1988-2006||4-20 adults only||good||A1||Endangered|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||resident||1988-2006||1-30 individuals||poor||A1||Near Threatened|
|Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus||breeding||1988-2006||present||-||A1||Endangered|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Argali (Ovis ammon severtzovi) were extirpated in the middle of the XX century. Intensive hunting for wild donkeys is conducted here. Gazella subgutturosa is observed regularly especially in winter. The proposed IBA has an isolated and one of the most northern populations of Hemiechinus hypomelas. The small mammal fauna is typical of the desert region. The threatened reptiles - Agrionemys horsfiekdi and Varanus griseus - are common.
References IBA field survey report, 2006.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bukantau Mountain Range. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014
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