IBA criteria met: A1 (2007)
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Area: 21,365 ha
|IBA conservation status|
|Year of assessment (most recent)||Threat (pressure)||Condition (state)||Action (response)|
|2017||very high||near favourable||negligible|
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Site description (baseline)
The Arkaly range is situated in the frontier zone of south-eastern Kazakhstan, close to the Chinese border. The mountains constitute the southern branch, or rather a cut-off, of major Tarbagatai mountain range. The southern extremity of this small mountain chain lies on the eastern edge of the extensive Barmankum sands stretching further south-west to the eastern shore of Lake Alakol. The mountains are generally low, oriented south-west/north-east and approximately 26.6 x 8.4 km in size. The range lacks woody growth other than a negligible amount of sacttered willows growing by the side of infrequent and widely dispersed springs. The southern slope is cut by multiple gorges. The summit of the range has occasional outcroppings of rock ledges.
During a three year period of intra-seasonal ornithological study, 100 species were recorded. Passerines are typical with wheatears and buntings being the most numerous. The commonest breeding birds of prey are Saker, Steppe Eagle and Long-legged Buzzard.
Non-bird biodiversity: The harsh semi-desert landscape is relieved in a few places by scattered willow trees. Patches of Spirea bushes cover the floor of the gorges, as well depressions on the slopes.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Arkaly Mountains. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/22139 on 30/05/2023.