Jarsay - Khangui

Country/territory: Turkmenistan

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2007)
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Area: 93,573 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 medium not assessed not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
The Jarsay - Khangui IBA is situated in the Central Karakum and is formed from drainage waters from the Jarsay and Khangui collectors. The IBA is located 120-130 km to the north of Mary 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 in the desert, provide favourable conditions for waterfowl and waterbirds, especially during migration and in winter. Criterion A1 applies for Oxyura leucocephala and Pelecanus crispus. The following A1 species have been recorded but data are insufficient to justify their inclusion under this criterion - Aythya nyroca, Anser erythropus and Marmaronetta angustirostris. Criterion А4iii applies for the waterfowl and waterbirds which number 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, Haloxylon aphyllum.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Jarsay - Khangui. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.