Kapchagay Canyon

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC winter 2008 2-3,000 individuals A4i
Goosander Mergus merganser LC winter 2008 10-500 individuals A4i
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2007 10-30 breeding pairs A1
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 2007 20-40 breeding pairs A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding 2007 1-2 breeding pairs A1
Great Tit Parus major LC breeding 2007 5-10 breeding pairs A3
Sykes's Warbler Iduna rama LC breeding 2007 20-50 breeding pairs A3
Eastern Rock Nuthatch Sitta tephronota LC breeding 2007 10-30 breeding pairs A3
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta LC breeding 2007 10-40 breeding pairs A3
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps LC breeding 2007 100-150 breeding pairs A3
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani LC breeding 2007 100-200 breeding pairs A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2018 very unfavourable not assessed negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Alectoris chukar Chukar 1 175 individuals 100 favourable
Bucephala clangula Common Goldeneye 975 2010 individuals 100 favourable
Mergus merganser Goosander 210 72 individuals 35 very unfavourable
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard 2 4 individuals 100 favourable
Columba oenas Stock Dove 1 2 individuals 100 favourable
Larus canus Mew Gull 41 16 individuals 40 unfavourable
Circus cyaneus Hen Harrier 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Buteo hemilasius Upland Buzzard 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel 2 1 individuals 50 unfavourable
Falco columbarius Merlin 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough 1 2 individuals 100 favourable
Perisoreus infaustus Siberian Jay 1 5 individuals 100 favourable
Corvus dauuricus Daurian Jackdaw 1 20 individuals 100 favourable
Corvus frugilegus Rook 15 9 individuals 60 unfavourable
Corvus corone Carrion Crow 16 1 individuals 7 very unfavourable
Melanocorypha yeltoniensis Black Lark 1 10 individuals 100 favourable
Eremophila alpestris Horned Lark 7 355 individuals 100 favourable
Galerida cristata Crested Lark 3 50 individuals 100 favourable
Sitta tephronota Eastern Rock Nuthatch 1 2 individuals 100 favourable
Tichodroma muraria Wallcreeper 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Turdus merula Eurasian Blackbird 1 3 individuals 100 favourable
Turdus atrogularis Black-throated Thrush 2 30 individuals 100 favourable
Fringilla coelebs Common Chaffinch 12 1 individuals 9 very unfavourable
Carpodacus sibiricus 28 7 individuals 25 very unfavourable
Spinus spinus Eurasian Siskin 22 5 individuals 23 very unfavourable

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Flood-plain -
Shrubland Low bushes, Scrub -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay, Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Water-fringe vegetation -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs, Scree, boulders & bare rocky areas -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kapchagay Canyon. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.