Ersarybaba - Akkyr

Country/territory: Turkmenistan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2007)
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Area: 157,613 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The IBA covers a 150 km section of the southwest scarp of the Ustyurt plateau, from Garabogazgol Bay and 50 km to the southeast along a low ridge known as "Ersary-baba mountain".

Key biodiversity
The avifauna of the IBA includes 200 species. Rare migrants listed in the Red Data Book of Turkmenistan (1999) are: Aquila chrysaetos, Falco cherrug, Bubo bubo, Haliaeetus leucoryphus, Circaetus gallicus and Buteo buteo. Criterion А1 applies for: Aquila heliaca, Falco naumanni,Circus macrourus and Falco cherrug.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals - more than 40 species, half from which are rodents (20 species), the others are predators (8), chiropterans (5), insectivores (4), ungulates (2). Reptile are represented by 30 species. Flora: more 370 species of higher plants have been recorded. The vegetation in the depressions is represented by halophytes and salsolas. Fixed sand support a few species of Calligonum and the rare Salsola richteri and Xaloxylon sp.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ersarybaba - Akkyr. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.