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Western Alai, Kok-Suu river
72o 11.30' East 39o 36.20' North
2,100 - 3,000m
Year of IBA assessment
Public Association NABS (Affiliate)
Site description Administratively situated 8 km south-west of Darsut-Korgon village, where Kok-Suu and Kizil-Suu rivers merge. Floodplain of Kizil-Suu river bed is shrubs and bushes, as well as small-leaved shrub willow. Terrain is clay-stony semi-desert, in some places with rock outcrops. The length of Kizil-Suu river is 50-150 m with gravel.
Key Biodiversity Site hosts more than 150 bird species. Species are seen during the fall migration include Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Teal (Anas crecca), Garganey (Anas querquedula) and Shoveler (Anas clypeata). Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) and Sand martin (Riparia riparia)breed here.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled in 2006 by B. C. Kumusaliev (researcher, BIP NAN PROVINCE), received by BirdLife Cambridge May 2008, translated by Tsovinar Hovhannisyan in summer 2010, entered into WBDB by Rory McCann in autumn 2010.
References Kidiraliev A. K. (1975)
On the distribution of avian fauna of Alai valley.// Problems of geography p. 147-148
Kidiraliev A. K. (1977)
Bar-headed Goose, Ibisbil and Black stork in Tian-Shan-Alai mountain system. // VII- Pan Soviet Union Ornithological conference. Kiev p. 225-226
Kidiraliev A. K (1992)
Features of landscape-ecological formations of birds in Alai valley.// Bio resources of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek p100-102
Kumushaliev B.K. (1978)
Number of migratory birds in Alai valley.// Thesis of pan Soviet Union conference about Birds migrations
Kumushaliev B. K. (1980)
Towards the study Columbidae of Alai valley.// Biology of animals and plants and environmental conservation. Frunze p. 34-35
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