Ayrakly – Garadzhaovlak

Country/territory: Turkmenistan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2007)
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Area: 55,977 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2018 not assessed favourable not assessed
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Site description
The Ayrakly-Garajaovlak IBA is situated in the Central Karakum, and was formed from drainage water from the main Tedjen collector. The IBA is located 160-165 km to the northwest of Tedjen city. The IBA consists of alternating flooded depressions and raised areas of ridge-hilly sands.

Key biodiversity
The avifauna of the IBA includes 300 species, of which more than 100 are waterfowl and waterbirds. The IBA's wetlands, situated within the desert, provide favorable conditions for waterfowl and waterbirds, especially during migration and in winter. The following A1 species have been recorded but, with the exception of Oxyura leucocephala, data is not available to justify their inclusion under this criterion - Pelecanus crispus, Aythya nyroca, Anser erythropus, Marmaronetta angustirostris. Criterion A4iii applies for the waterfowl and waterbirds which numbers more than 20,000 on migration and in winter.

Non-bird biodiversity: Fish: – about 20 species, amphibians – 2 species, reptiles – 25 species and mammals – about 30 species. Flora: – coastal hydrophilic vegetation: Karelinia caspia, Phragmites australis, Salsola, Calligonum sp, Haloxylon persicum, H.aphyllum.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ayrakly – Garadzhaovlak. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.