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Location Uzbekistan, Surkhandarya
Central coordinates 67o 28.14' East  38o 3.73' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 638 ha
Altitude 550 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)



Site description The IBA is situated to the west of the Gissar ridge in the western part of the Pamir-Alay mountain system. It is a limestone-gypsum gorge, part of the Baysuntau range with a mountain river of the same name. The gorge is situated 25 km to the south of Baysun. The gorge has so far not been affected by the building of the Guzar-Baysun-Kumkurgan railway. There was a large mud flow two years ago which destroyed many of the stony-clay cliffs. At present it is a tiered valley with stony ridges, riverside Tamarix sp. bushes, a mountain river and a multitude of limestone-gypsum rocky ledges. The upper borders of the site are the ridges of the slopes descending to the Darasay river. The most interesting area is the plain in the centre of the site where vultures and other birds of prey nest on the cliffs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
See-see Partridge Ammoperdix griseogularis resident  2007  3-6 individuals  good  A3  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2007  1-3 individuals  good  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  2007  12-60 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  2007  3-7 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Eastern Rock-nuthatch Sitta tephronota resident  2007  3-9 individuals  good  A3  Least Concern 
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata breeding  2007  2-8 individuals  good  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani breeding  1958  2-8 individuals  good  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Low bushes  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport 20%

Other biodiversity Mammals: Vulpes corsac, Ellobius talpinus and several rodents. Hystrix indica is thought to occur. Vegetation consists of annual and perennial Gramineae and Umbrelliferae. There are Tamarix sp shrubs on the banks of the river.

References Data of observation on June 2007 of Maxim Mitropolskiy. Meklenburtsev,1958

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Darasay Gorge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/09/2014

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