|Central coordinates||65o 31.46' East 38o 59.49' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||245 - 400m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Ornithological information The avifauna of IBA the includes 200 species, of which more than 30% nest. 18 species listed in the Red Data Book of Turkmenistan (1999) occur. The IBA qualifies under criterion А1 for Tetrax tetrax. Other A1 species that occur but which do not reach qualifying levels are Aegypius monachus, Aquila heliaca, Circus macrourus, Falco naumanni, Falco cherrug, Chlamydotis undulata and Coracias garrulus. Criterion А4iii applies for the number of passage and winter waterbirds.
Site description The IBA is situated in the Dostluk district and covers the Tallymerjen massif. The IBA consists of two parts: in the northwest from the Amudarya – Tallymerjen railway for 5 km and in the southeast from the railway for 25 km. The landscape-ecological conditions are characteristic of the subzone loessial foothill plain (the Hissar mountains). The acutely continental climate with some subtropical features is characteristic of the region. It comprises of a long hot summer and short winter with little snow.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greylag Goose Anser anser||winter||2007||28-5,182 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||winter||2007||90-6,010 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax||winter||2007||1-150 individuals||medium||A1||Near Threatened|
|Common Crane Grus grus||winter||2007||150-5,164 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||2007||present [units unknown]||-||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||50%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Amphibians - green toad and lake frog. Reptiles – not less than 24 species. (Turtle - 1, lizards - 15, snakes - 8 species). Mammals - 36 species. Insectivores - 4, bats - 4, lagomorphs - 1, rodents – 19, predators - 6. Ungulates are represented by 2 species: wild boar and gazelle. Vegetation - on unploughed areas, communities of Halocnemum strobilaceum with ephemerals: Malcolmia, Leptaleum, Crepis, Matricaria, Tetracme, etc.
Management considerations Overgrazing and illegal hunting are the main problems.
Protection status Not protected.
Conservation response Apart from research by the Turkmenabat antiplague stations on the fauna and ecology of rodents, no specific botanical or zoological studies have been carried out. Similarly, no nature protection projects have been developed.
References Rustamov, E.A. (1992). Wintering of a waterfowl in Turkmenistan. Biology Science.№3. Moscow. (in Russian). Shirekov R. (1994). Waterfowl and some water birds of East Turkmenistan. (PhD. Thesis).Ashgabat.(in Russian) .
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