|Location||Kazakhstan, Akmola region,Karaganda region|
|Central coordinates||73o 17.00' East 51o 24.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||260 - 901m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The IBA covers a major portion of the hilly uplands 55 km to the south-east of Astana. The main part of the area is situated on the outskirts of the south-eastern quarter of Akmola region with the southern extension, running mainly north-south, extending to the northern frontier zone of Karaganda region. The district centre of Ereymentau is located on the northern edge of the site and there are several settlements, including Algabas, Baimen and Ornek Novokamena, within the IBA. The hilly uplands consist of a system of parallel ranges stretching in a east-west direction. Towards the eastern end of the area the landscape is predominately rocky with sparse forest cover. There are also areas of dry steppe. A few rivers run down from the mountains and support patches of alder forest (Alnus sp) in boggy areas. The lower slopes have scattered stands of coppiced deciduous forest - birch-aspen assemblage, with birch tending to be dominant.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||breeding||2007||1-3 breeding pairs||medium||A1||Endangered|
|Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus||breeding||2007||90-110 breeding pairs||medium||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni||breeding||2007||25-45 breeding pairs||medium||A1||Least Concern|
|Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis||breeding||2007||5-8 breeding pairs||good||A3||Least Concern|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||breeding||2007||30-35 breeding pairs||good||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||breeding||2007||150-180 breeding pairs||medium||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ermentauskiy||Zakaznik||35,000||protected area contained by site||35,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Other urban & industrial areas||5%|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous; Flood-plain||20%|
|Grassland||Steppes & dry calcareous||55%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers & streams; Standing brackish & salt water; Temporary water bodies||5%|
|Rocky areas||Inland cliffs||15%|
|Artificial - aquatic||Artificial water bodies||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||30%|
Other biodiversity A good population of Ovis ammon collium inhabits the Ereymentau hill ranges. Marmota bobak are numerous in the vicinities of both the State Nature Preserve and the hunting facility “Gornoye”.
Protection status Ereymentau State Nature Reserve (Zakaznik) lies within the proposed IBA and the site would receive additional protection if the proposed Buyratausky State National Nature Park is established.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ereymentau Mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/03/2014
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