|Central coordinates||65o 6.21' East 37o 31.52' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||180 - 251m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description In the 1980s, the waters of the Amudarya began to flood into the southeastern part of the Kelif Uzboy (Uzynshor depression) and construction of the Zeyit water reservoir began. The IBA is located to the west of the city of Atamyrat.
Key Biodiversity The avifauna of the IBA includes 300 species of which more than 100 are waterfowl and waterbirds. The IBA is a typical wetland providing favourable conditions for waterfowl and waterbirds, especially during migration and in winter. Criterion А1 applies for: Pelecanus crispus, Aythya nyroca and Oxyura leucocephala. One additional A1 species has been recorded which does not meet the qualifying level - Marmaronetta angustirostris. Criterion А4iii applies as waterfowl and waterbird numbers on migration and in winter reach more than 20,000 individuals.
Non-bird biodiversity: Fish: – about 40 species, amphibians – 2 species, reptiles – 30 species, and mammals – more 30 species. Flora: – hydrophilic vegetation: Tamarix, Karelinia caspia, Phragmites australis, Salsola. A few species of saxaul (Haloxylon).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Mallard Anas platyrhynchos||winter||2007||14,385 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina||winter||2007||3,786 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Common Pochard Aythya ferina||winter||2007||9,091 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||winter||2007||3-35 individuals||good||A1||Near Threatened|
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala||winter||2007||1-3 individuals||good||A1||Endangered|
|Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus||winter||2007||17-48 individuals||good||A1||Vulnerable|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||2007||min 20,000 individuals||medium||A4iii|
|2007||not assessed||not assessed||not assessed|
|Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kelif||Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve||103,000||protected area overlaps with site||22,227|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status Not protected.
References Rustamov, E.A. (1992). Wintering of a waterfowl in Turkmenistan. Biology Science.№3. Moscow. (in Russian) Shirekov R. (1990). Rare and little-studied of Anseriformes. Rare and little-studied birds of Central Asia. Tashkent. Uzbekistan (in Russian).
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