Karkyra Valley


Country/territory: Kyrgyzstan

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2010)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed negligible
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Site description
The valley is confined in the north by Ketmenski and Kegetsky mountain ranges (Kazakhstan), in the south by Terski Ala Too mountain range. The relief is dominated by foothill- adyr plains, hilly valley. Precipitation up to 370 mm per year. Main rivers are Karkira, Kelen and Tekes. The highway passes along the valley. In landscapes dominated steppe and meadow formations of different types. Forests are spruce and deciduous trees species. Shrubs and wetlands are present in river valleys.

Key biodiversity
Mass migration of Demoiselle crane (Grus virgo) in April. Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii) is seen in fall and early spring. Rare birds recorded here are Black stork (Ciconia nigra) and Saker falcon (Falco cherrug). Site is along the mass passage route of passerine, waders and Anatidae


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karkyra Valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/08/2020.