|Central coordinates||63o 16.15' East 35o 55.47' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||420 - 940m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description The IBA is in the south of Turkmenistan on the Turkmen-Afghan border. The majority of the site is on the right bank of the Murghab river, with the remainder at the Murghab and Kashan confluence. The site extends 110 km from southwest to northeast. The typical landscape is hills, with gradual slopes and watersheds. Soils are sandy-loam (sierozem) with light, typical and dark subtypes. All three subtypes are related to various forms of relief. The principal water sources are the Murghab river and the small Kashan river and there are a few springs and wells. The climate is arid, with an annual average precipitation of about 280 mm, maximum 420 mm, minimum 130 mm. The annual average temperature is +16.3C, July average +28.9C, January +2.6C. Winters are very short and mild, with occasional snow lasting from several days to 1-2 weeks, but there are also snowless winters. In some years the snow cover reaches 20 cm. The short spring is replaced by a long hot summer, with 4-5 months of heat and little cooling winds. The characteristic vegetation is Carex pachystylis + Poa bulbosa, with patches of sparse Calligonum, and in sandy sites, Astragalus and Salsola richteri.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Saker Falcon Falco cherrug||resident||2007||2 individuals||good||A1||Endangered|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||resident||2007||6 individuals||good||A1||Near Threatened|
|Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata||breeding||2007||1 individuals||medium||A3||Vulnerable|
|Pallid Scops-owl Otus brucei||breeding||2007||2 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius||breeding||2007||2 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta||resident||2007||2 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida||breeding||2007||4-20 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii||breeding||2007||15-45 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata||breeding||2007||25-65 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Desert Finch Rhodopechys obsoletus||resident||2007||15 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps||breeding||2007||6-10 individuals||medium||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Desert||Desert & semi-desert - sandy||80%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Rivers & streams; Temporary water bodies||20%|
Land ownership State.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The IBA has many endemic species and includes representatives of Iranian-Afghan and Indian origin, and also species typical of the mountains and deserts of Central Asia. Amphibians: Bufo viridis laurenti, breeds near springs and pools, but the rest of the time is far from water. Reptiles more than 40 species: one turtle (Agrionemys horsfieldi); 18 species of snake, the remainder are lizards, with various geckoes, racerunners, agamas, skink, and also Pseudopus apodus, Mabuya aurata and desert monitor - Varanus griseus. Snakes include Naja oxiana, Vipera lebetina and Echis carinatus, together with the many species of non-poisonous racer. Coluber rhodorachis and Coluber nummifer are common and Spalerosophis diadema and Coluber karelini are rare. Four species of reptile are included in the Red Data Book of Turkmenistan (1999): Cyrtopodion turcmenicus, Varanus griseus, Naja oxiana and Vipera lebetina. Mammals: ungulates 3 species – Gazella subgutturosa, Ovis vignei and Sus scrofa. Predators total 11 species - wolf, jackal, fox, corsac, weasel, marbled polecat, ratel, steppe cat, caracal and leopard. 16 species of rodents include jird, souslik, voles and mice. Common, and in some years numerous, species are Rhombomys opimus and Blanfordimys afghanus. Spermophilopsis leptodactylus lives alone. Large rodents include porcupine and Lepus capensis tolai, but in small numbers. Insectivores include Hemiechinus auritus and Hemiechinus hypomelas, some shrews and three species of bat. The flora consists of Iranian-Afghan and Central Asian species - about 900 vascular plants. The basic groupings of vegetation are: Carex-Poa-herbs, Artemisia-shrub, and saltwort. Rare and endangered species of plants listed in the Red Data Book of Turkmenistan (1999): Astragalus vassilczenkoi, Cousinia tscherneviae and Tulipa kuschkensis.
Protection status Not protected.
References Dementiev G.P., Rustamov A.K., Spangenberg E.P. (1947) The Birds of Karabil. Ibis. V.89. p.615-623. (in english). Dementyev G. P., Rustamov A.K., Spangenberg E.P. (1951) Birds of Karabil (Southeast Turkmenistan). Proceedings of the Turkmen Academy of Sciences TSSR, Ashgabat. (in russian). Dementyev G. P., Rustamov A.K., Spangenberg E.P. (1955) Materials on fauna terraneous vertebrates of Southeast Turkmenistan. Proceedings of the Turkmen agriculture Institute, Ashgabat. (in russian). Gepner V.G. (1956) Fauna of vertebrate animals of Badhyz Proceedings of the Turkmen Academy of Sciences TSSR, Ashgabat. (in russian). Suhinin A.N. (1971) Ecology of owls and birds of prey of Badhyz (Southeast Turkmenistan). Ashgabat. Ylym. (in russian).
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