Rangkul valley (Rangkul & Shorkul Lakes)

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2006

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis LC resident 2000-2005 50-60 individuals A3
Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus LC resident 2000-2005 2-4 individuals A3
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus LC breeding 2000-2005 8-10 individuals A3
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC passage 2000-2005 200-2,500 individuals A4i
Tibetan Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes tibetanus LC resident 2000-2005 20-30 breeding pairs A3
Lesser Sandplover Charadrius mongolus LC breeding 2000-2005 20-30 individuals A3
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus LC breeding 2000-2005 5-7 individuals A3
Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis NT resident 2000-2005 2-4 individuals A3
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding 2000-2005 2 individuals A1
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus LC resident 2000-2005 10-12 breeding pairs A3
Hume's Lark Calandrella acutirostris LC breeding 2000-2005 150-200 individuals A3
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria LC resident 2000-2005 2-3 breeding pairs A3
White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus LC breeding 2000-2005 5-7 breeding pairs A3
Altai Accentor Prunella himalayana LC breeding 2000-2005 2-3 breeding pairs A3
Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens LC breeding 2000-2005 8-12 breeding pairs A3
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis LC resident 2000-2005 20-30 breeding pairs A3
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla LC breeding 2000-2005 40-60 individuals A3
Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus LC breeding 2000-2005 1-2 breeding pairs A3
Brandt's Mountain-finch Leucosticte brandti LC resident 2000-2005 2,000-3,000 individuals A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 high not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation Unknown Unknown low
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Таджикский Национальный парк Национальный парк 260,000 protected area contains site 55,000
Shorkul and Rangkul Lakes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,400 protected area contained by site 2,400


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Desert -
Wetlands (inland) -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rangkul valley (Rangkul & Shorkul Lakes). Downloaded from on 28/05/2020.