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Kazakhstan, Atyrau region
54o 41.00' East 48o 17.00' North
40 - 44m
Year of IBA assessment
Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (Affiliate)
Site description The IBA is a slightly undulating desert/semidesert plain, with “white” wormwood, in some places mixed with Graminea including Stipa sp, on the right bank of the Saghz river, 9-29 km to the west-north-west of Saghyz railway station. The average width of the area is 5 km. The soils are hard, sandy and salty, with patches of almost white clay. Along the river, which is 25-30 m wide, there are Tamarix thickets, in some places at least 100-150 m wide. There are precipitous banks suitable for the breeding of sand martins and other hole-nesters. 'Real' tree vegetation is absent.
Key Biodiversity In June 2006, 62 species were observed in the area during 4 days and about 70 species are estimated to breed. Five species are included in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan – Steppe Eagle, Demoiselle Crane, Little Bustard, Pallas’s Sandgrouse and Black-bellied Sandgrouse.
References Varshavskiy, S.N., Varshavskiy, B.S and Garbusov, V.K. (1977). Some rare and vanishing birds of Northern Trans-Aral Territory. Rare and vanishing animals and birds of Kazakhstan. Alma-Ata: 146-152. (in Russian).
Kovshar, A.F., Davygora, A.V. and Karpov, F.F. (2006). Ornithological observations in Ural-Emba interfluves (Temir, Sagiz, Uyl, Bolshaya Khobda) in June 2006. Selevinia-2006: 63-81. (in Russian).
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