Karabas Mountains This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2007)
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Area: 12,300 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)
2017 very high favourable negligible
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Site description
The site is a small mountain range, branching from the southern part of the large Tarbagatai mountain massif, covering 16.9 x 8.7 km and is situated in the Makanchy district of the East Kazakhstan region, just north-west of the Chinese border. It is oriented south-east to north-west. The gently sloping northern side of the range is intermediate semi-desert/dry-steppe, while the southern part is predominantly barren and cut by numerous rocky gorges.

Key biodiversity
During the three year period of intra-seasonal study of the Karabas Range area, 110 species were recorded. Passerines are common, with wheatears and buntings being most numerous. Common breeding raptors are Saker, Steppe Eagle and Long-legged Buzzard.

Non-bird biodiversity: Spirea bushes cover the floor of the gorges and depressions on the slopes.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karabas Mountains. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.