Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2007)
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Area: 29,620 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)
2006 medium very unfavourable not assessed
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Site description
Cherdoyak forestry is located on the south-western spurs of the Narym ridge (Southern Altay), to the north-west of Kainar (formerly Sergeevka) village. The length of the area is about 10 km, the width is 3-5 km. This is a granite plateau with lines of ledge rocks up to 20-30 m high, with steppe vegetation on the flat tops of hills and on the plains, and with hollows (depressions) with birch and aspen forest. There is one deep gorge along the Kayndy river, with steep rocky slopes.

Key biodiversity
The avifauna includes 80-100 species, typical for forest-, mountain-steppe-, and marsh- habitats of this part of the Southern Altay: Ciconia nigra, Falco cherrug, F.tinnunculus, F.subbuteo, Aquila heliaca, A. chrysaetos, Circaetus gallicus, Accipiter gentilis, A. nisus, Milvus migrans, Circus macrourus, C. pygargus, Lyrurus tetrix, Perdix perdix, Coturnix coturnix, Scolopax rusticola, Gallinago gallinago, Tringa ochropus, Tringa hypoleucos, Asio otus, Otus scops, Streptopelia orientalis, Caprimulgus europaeus, Upupa epops, Cuculus canorus, Oriolus oriolus, Corvus corone, Pica pica, Lanius minor, Pastor roseus, Sturnus vulgaris, Parus major, P. montanus, Turdus pilaris, Motacilla cinerea, M. personata, Phylloscopus humei, Ph. collybitus, Ph. trochiloides, Acrocephalus dumetorum Carduelis caniceps, Carpodacus erythrinus, Emberiza citrinella, E. hortulana, E. cioides, E. bruniceps etc.

Non-bird biodiversity: The typical formations in the depressions are: motley grass with plots of thick bushes (Rosa, Spirea, Lonicera, Caragana etc.), as well as scrubby forest with cobby aspens, birch and Juniper bushes on the stony slopes. Flat areas of the plateau are covered with steppe grasses. Mammals: maral (Cervus elaphus – 5-10 ind.), elk, roe deer (15), bear, glutton, fox, badger, Alpine weasel, weasel, polecat, grey marmot (30-50), lynx, wolf, mountain hare (abundant).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cherdoyak. Downloaded from on 27/01/2023.