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Location Turkmenistan, Dashoguz
Central coordinates 58o 15.21' East  41o 4.57' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 16,508 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

BirdLife Central Asia Programme (Country programme)

Site description The Akjagaya IBA is situated in the depression of the Zaunguz Karakum to the southwest of Dashoguz city.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug resident  2007  1-2 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert   10%
Rocky areas   90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
not utilised 90%

Other biodiversity Mammals - more than 40 species recorded, half of which are rodents (20 species), the others comprise predators (8), chiropterans (5), insectivores (4) and ungulates (2). Reptiles are represented by 30 species. Flora: about 450 species of higher plants. The vegetation of the depressions is represented by halophytes and salsolas, that of the fixed sands by a few species of Calligonum and the rare Salsola richteri.

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: Akjagaya. Downloaded from on 26/10/2014

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