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Location Turkmenistan, Balkan
Central coordinates 54o 44.47' East  40o 58.17' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 157,613 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2007

BirdLife Central Asia Programme (Country programme)



Site description The IBA covers a 150 km section of the southwest scarp of the Ustyurt plateau, from Garabogazgol Bay and 50 km to the southeast along a low ridge known as "Ersary-baba mountain".

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  2003-2007  20-32 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   15%
Wetlands (inland)   5%
Rocky areas   80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military 5%
not utilised 90%
unknown 5%

Other biodiversity Mammals - more than 40 species, half from which are rodents (20 species), the others are predators (8), chiropterans (5), insectivores (4), ungulates (2). Reptile are represented by 30 species. Flora: more 370 species of higher plants have been recorded. The vegetation in the depressions is represented by halophytes and salsolas. Fixed sand support a few species of Calligonum and the rare Salsola richteri and Xaloxylon sp.

Protection status Not protected.

References Atamuradov, H.I. (1999) Red Data Book of Turkmenistan. - Vol.1. – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (in Russian).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ersarybaba - Akkyr. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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