Korchai area

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The area consists of semi-desert plains with low hills, low arid mountains, scrub along rivers, and a reservoir. Land-uses include sheep-grazing, agriculture in river valleys, and oil prospecting.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species: Tadorna ferruginea (10-15 pairs), Buteo rufinus (3 pairs), Alectoris chukar (150 pairs), Pterocles orientalis (very rare). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (non-breeding visitor throughout the year), Falco naumanni (breeds), Otis tarda (winter visitor: 2-5, not annual). Aquila nipalensis occurs, with 3-4 wintering and some tens passing through; Anthropoides virgo is rare on migration.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats are overgrazing, poaching for Tetrax tetrax and Francolinus francolinus, and the presence of insecure stores of pesticides (`Other' threat).

Protected areas
National Partial International NoneIBA partly covered by Game Reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Korchai area. Downloaded from on 20/05/2022.