Aksay Lake and surrounding desert

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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN passage 2005 2-30 adults A1
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris VU passage 2006 40-100 individuals A1, A4i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT passage 2005-2006 10-150 adults A1
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC passage 2005-2006 55-400 adults A4i
Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus LC breeding 2006 5 breeding pairs A3
Corncrake Crex crex LC passage 1993-2006 2-40 adults A1
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC passage 1993-2006 100-2,000 adults A4i
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC passage 1993 50-270 adults A4i
Great Tit Parus major LC resident 2006 20-40 adults A3
Sykes's Warbler Iduna rama LC breeding 2006 50-100 adults A3
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta LC resident 2006 15-25 adults A3
Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana LC breeding 2006 20-50 adults A3
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta LC resident 2006 30-50 adults 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 not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert -
Wetlands (inland) -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aksay Lake and surrounding desert. Downloaded from on 22/01/2021.