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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 (BirdLife Direct Action Programme)

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

Key Biodiversity The avifauna of the IBA includes 240 species, basically from the desert complex. Rare species listed in the Red Data Book of Turkmenistan (1999) are: resident - Aquila chrysaetos, Falco cherrug, Bubo bubo; passage - Aquila heliaca, Circus macrourus, Buteo buteo, Circaetus gallicus. Criterion А1 applies for Falco cherrug. Additional A1 species that occur but where there is insufficient data to justify their designation under this criterion are Aquila heliaca, Circus macrourus and Falco naumanni.

Non-bird 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.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium


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

Land use

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

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Akjagaya. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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