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Location Uzbekistan, Navoi
Central coordinates 62o 39.15' East  41o 45.51' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 285,376 ha
Altitude 74 - 188m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (Affiliate)

Site description This IBA is situated 70 km to the west of Uchkuduk in the western part of the Kyzylkum desert (Uzbekistan part). Settlements contain 10 – 1,000 inhabitants and wells are the main sources of water. There are some stretches of hilly and ridge sands with hollows, fixed by bushes and herbs. The height of these hills and ridges is 2-10 m, the depth of hollows is 1-5m. Soils are sandy, clay sandy, brackish, rocky and stony. In the central part of IBA there are some small temporary, often dry, waterbodies, which get water from artesian wells or precipitation. The vegetation is poor, desert or semi-desert type. There are bushes of Halaxylon persicum, Ammodendron connollyi, Calligonum eriopodum, C. arborescens, Carex physodes and Poa bulbosa in the sandy desert. Artemisia sp. and Salsola sp. are common on the semi-desert plain. The climate is continental with a high variation in seasonal and daily temperatures, low precipitation (200mm per year on average) and great aridity in summer.

Key Biodiversity The area in general is poorly known. Sporadic observations have been conducted by officers of the Uzbek antiplague station and the State Committee on Nature Protection. Publications are fragmentary, and there are no publications about IBA itself. For analysis of the fauna and number of breeding birds of biome CA04b several printed sources, mostly G.P. Tretyakov's observations in the area in 1977-1993 and personal observations of A.Filatov in 1994-2001, were used. 36 species of 51 recorded as nesting in the Kyzylkum desert were recorded in the IBA during fieldwork in 2007. Nesting by Passer simplex was recorded in 1980. The IBA is habitat for 12 species of the Central Asian desert and semidesert biome.

Non-bird biodiversity: There is a typical desert fauna. Reptiles - Varanus griseus, Agrionemis horsfieldi, Trapelus sanguinolentus and Phrynocephalus interscapularis. Mammals - Rhombomis opimus, Meriones meridianus, Spermophilopsis leptodactylus, some species of Alactagidae and Dipodidae, Lepus tolai, Vulpes vulpes caragan, Vulpes corsac, Felis libyca and Gazella subgutturosa (stable numbers, though subject to light hunting). Animals included in the national Red Data Book are Alsophylax laevis, Varanus griseus, Testudo horsfieldi, Gazella subgutturosa, and plants Tulipa buhseana.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug passage  1977-2007  2-4 individuals  medium  A1  Endangered 
Chlamydotis undulata breeding  1977-2007  9-22 individuals  medium  A3  Not Recognised 
Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus breeding  1977-2007  2 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius breeding  1977-2007  2-18 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Turkestan Ground-jay Podoces panderi resident  1977-2007  45-70 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis breeding  1977-2007  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Great Tit Parus major resident  1977-2007  19-40 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta breeding  1977-2007  9-30 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Desert Warbler Sylvia nana breeding  1977-2007  4-46 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Passer simplex resident  1977-1993  4 individuals  medium  A3  Not Recognised 
Desert Finch Rhodopechys obsoletus breeding  1977-2007  4-40 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in long term (beyond 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Desert   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Desert & semi-desert - salty; Desert & semi-desert - sandy; Desert & semi-desert - stony  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
urban/industrial/transport 3%

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