A slightly undulating, clay northern desert plateau with fragments of semidesert and dry steppe (places of old fires), and salt-marshes, terminated in the north by heavily cut precipices (“chinks”) forming a tortuous clayey escarpment. This creates an abrupt elevation grade between the plateau and the neighbouring plains. The relative height of the cliffs along is 200 m.
The vegetation is mainly Artemisia-Salsola associations.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The most evident hazard for local raptor populations is trapping of Falco cherrug by international traders. Despite the selected character of their interest, their activities cause disturbance to other breeding raptrs, the tranquility of the habitat, and the natural rhythms of the local wildlife.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Donyz-Tau cliff faces. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 19/10/2019.