Arys-Karaktau State Reserved Zone

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
Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni VU breeding 2001-2005 20-100 individuals A1, A3
Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii VU breeding 2005-2006 500 individuals A1, A3
Asian Houbara Chlamydotis macqueenii VU passage 2001-2004 1,500-2,700 individuals A1
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A3
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A3
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus NT winter 2001-2005 5-15 individuals A1
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU breeding 2001-2005 5-10 individuals A1
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A1
White-winged Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucopterus LC resident 2001-2005 unknown A3
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 2001-2005 < 50 individuals A1
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis LC resident 2001-2005 < 50 individuals A3
Great Tit Parus major LC resident 2001-2005 unknown A3
Sykes's Warbler Iduna rama LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A3
Streaked Scrub-warbler Scotocerca inquieta LC resident 2001-2005 unknown A3
Asian Desert Warbler Curruca nana LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A3
Saxaul Sparrow Passer ammodendri LC resident 2001-2005 unknown A3
Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown A3
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps LC breeding 2001-2005 unknown 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)
2013 very unfavourable not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population poor

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Pterocles orientalis Black-bellied Sandgrouse 100 150 individuals 100 favourable
Chlamydotis undulata 1337 500 individuals 38 very unfavourable
Aquila heliaca Eastern Imperial Eagle 10 10 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Timurskiy Zakaznik 3,500 protected area overlaps with site 0
Arys-Karaktau State Reservation 404,000 is identical to site 404,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay, Desert & semi-desert - salty, Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Shrubland Low bushes, Scrub -
Forest Flood-plain, Wooded desert & semi-desert -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations, Highly improved reseeded grasslands, Perennial crops, orchards & groves -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Arys-Karaktau State Reserved Zone. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.