Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2007)
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Area: 19,840 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 high favourable negligible
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Site description
Hilly steppe foothills, flat hills and adjacent cereal fields at the spurs of the western slope of the Karatau ridge, 30 km NE of Chayan town. Typical Tian-Shan foothills steppe. The size of the area is about 11 x 8 km. Wintering place of Great Bustard. Virgin plots are herb-bunchgrass steppe; there are some rock ledges in hollows, small areas of salty soil, and springs.

Key biodiversity
In summer the site supports a complex of birds typical of steppe foothills: Alauda arvensis, Melanocorhypha bimaculata, Anthus campestris, Perdix perdix, Oenanthe isabellina, Sylvia curruca, Emberiza bruniceps. There is no confirmed breeding data on Otis tarda. The main role of the area is as a wintering place of Great Bustard. Other winter avifauna includes flocks of Corvus frugilegus, Corvus cornix etc.

Non-bird biodiversity: Herb-bunch grass steppe, Artemisia, patches of bushes - Spirea, Rosa etc. Mammals - rodents (Muridae, Citellus sp.), Vulpes vulpes, Canis lupus. Reptiles - Eremias sp., Lacerta agilis, Agkistrodon halis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Arystandy. Downloaded from on 28/10/2021.