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Location Turkmenistan, Mary
Central coordinates 61o 4.32' East  38o 37.32' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 93,573 ha
Altitude 50 - 180m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

BirdLife Central Asia Programme (Country programme)

Site description The Jarsay - Khangui IBA is situated in the Central Karakum and is formed from drainage waters from the Jarsay and Khangui collectors. The IBA is located 120-130 km to the north of Mary city. The IBA consists of alternating flooded depressions and raised areas of ridge-hilly sands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  2007  11,639 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  2007  15,981 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  2007  5 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus winter  2007  41 individuals  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2007  min 20,000 individuals  medium  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   25%
Wetlands (inland)   75%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 90%
unknown 10%

Other biodiversity Fish: – about 20 species, amphibians – 2 species, reptiles – 25 species and mammals – about 30 species. Flora: – coastal hydrophilic vegetation: Karelinia caspia, Phragmites australis, Salsola, Calligonum sp, Haloxylon persicum, Haloxylon aphyllum.

Protection status Not protected.

References Rustamov, E.A. (1992). Wintering of a waterfowl in Turkmenistan. Biology Science.№3. Moscow. (in Russian). Rustamov, E.A., Poslavskiy, A.N. (1990). Geography, ecology and protection of wintering of waterfowl in Turkmenistan. Nature protection in Turkmenistan. Ashgabat. p. 56-100.(in Russian).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jarsay - Khangui. Downloaded from on 23/10/2014

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