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Location Uzbekistan, Tashkent
Central coordinates 70o 16.67' East  41o 17.77' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 5,294 ha
Altitude 1,420 - 3,860m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)

Site description The IBA lies in the Maydantal section of Chatkalsky Nature Reserve which borders the watershed of the Chatkal mountain range in the north. All of the rivers on the site flow into the Serkelisay, which flows into the Akbulaksay beyond the zapovednik. The Tereklisay is the central river on this area and runs from south to north across the nature reserve.

Key Biodiversity The avifauna of the Maydantal area includes 112 species including 97 breeding, and 25 migrating and vagrant (Lanovenko, 1997). The ornithocomplex of the Tereklisay basin relates to the Western Tyan-Shan faunistic region. Numerous species in this complex are: Pyrrhocorax graculus, Corvus corone, Alectoris chukar, Emberiza bruniceps, Turdus merula, Turdus viscivorus, Anthus spinoletta, Motacilla cinerea, Streptopelia orientalis and Columba palumbus. Species recorded in summer and during migration include: Merops apiaster, Apus apus, Eremophila alpestris, Saxicola torquata, Phylloscopus sp., Sturnus vulgaris, Sturnus roseus, and wintering species are: Emberiza citrinella and Fringilla montifringilla. Two species from biome CA06 occur - Parus rufonuchalis and Parus flavipectus.

Non-bird biodiversity: There are 6 species of fish, two of them (Cottus gobio jaxartensis and Glyptosternum reticulatum) are included in the National Red Book. There are 2 species of amphibian, about 10 species of reptile (Vipera ursinii is included in the Red Data Book of Uzbekistan) and about 30 species of mammal including Marmota menzbieri, Dryomys nitedula, Cricetulus migratorius, Ursus arctos isabellinus and Uncia uncia. The flora includes more than 700 species of vascular plant including such rare species as Allium aflatunense, A. motor, A. pskemense, Trollius altaicus, Tulipa bifloriformis, T. butkovii, T. greigii, T. kaufmanniana, Prangos tschimganica, Ferula juniperina, Astragalus rubrovenosus, Crocus alatavicus, Paeonia hybrida, Allochrusa gypsophiloides, Eremurus lactiflorus, E. robustus, Salsola titovii, Dracocephalum nodulosum, Trichanthemis butkovii and Cousinia strobilocephala. There are juniper and poplar woodlands, meadows and alpine grasslands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis resident  2003-2007  5 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  2002-2007  7 individuals  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus breeding  2002-2007  100 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Sulphur-bellied Warbler Phylloscopus griseolus breeding  2002-2007  20 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis breeding  2002-2007  10 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeding  2002-2007  10 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-streaked Accentor Prunella himalayana breeding  2002-2007  30 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens breeding  2002-2007  30 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta breeding  2002-2007  2,000 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus breeding  2002-2007  500 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes resident  2002-2007  20 individuals  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed high
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Geological events avalanches/landslides happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Pollution air-borne pollutants - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Tetraogallus himalayensis Himalayan Snowcock 20 5 individuals 25 very unfavourable
Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture 10 7 individuals 70 near favourable
Prunella himalayana Rufous-streaked Accentor 100 30 individuals 30 very unfavourable
Anthus spinoletta Water Pipit 2500 2000 individuals 80 near favourable
Mycerobas carnipes White-winged Grosbeak 100 20 individuals 20 very unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented  high 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Chatkalskiy State Nature Reserve 71,372 protected area contains site 5,294  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous; Native coniferous  20%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine & boreal; Steppes & dry calcareous  20%
Shrubland Juniper scrub; Low bushes; Scrub  29%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams; Water-fringe vegetation  1%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree, boulders & bare rocky areas  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status The IBA forms about 21% of the Chatkalsky zapovednik.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Tereklisay section of the Chatkal Mountains Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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