Eastern Alai


Country/territory: Kyrgyzstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2010)
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Area: 10,000 ha

Protection status:

Kyrgyz Wildlife Society
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 high not assessed negligible
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Site description
Terrain: semi-desert and desert and mountain valleys with sagebrush and the mountain-xerophilic vegetation, and at lower altitudes, with ephemeral vegetation. Meadow and meadow-steppe areas of the upper parts of slopes. Juniper and spruce forest with mosaic patches.

Key biodiversity
Biogeographical territories are linked through the Tarim basin. Criterion A1 is applied to the site because of Snow pigeon (Columba leuconota) – the only localized place for species in Central Asia, breeding Barbary falcon (Falco pelegrinoides), Saker falcon (Falco cherrug) and Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gys himalayensis). Criterion A3 is applied to the site because of a number of species: Plain Mountain Finch (Leucosticte nemoricola), White-tailed Rubythroat (Luscinia pectoralis), Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and others.

Non-bird biodiversity: Range-restricted species: Eremias yarkandensis, Alactaga sp.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eastern Alai. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/08/2019.