Country/territory: Uzbekistan

IBA criteria met: A3 (2008)
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Area: 4,242 ha

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 not assessed low not assessed
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Site description (2008 baseline)
The site consists of sand desert with an irrigation canal system and saxaul forests. People seldom visit this area because of its proximity to the state border. As a result, the saxaul forest is not subject to much felling. An abundance of water enables it to produce a good harvest of fruits. These conditions attract Passer simplex to the Khodja-Davlet sands area. There is a complex of desert and semidesert biome species in the saxaul forest.

Key biodiversity
36 species were recorded during two seasons' fieldwork in May 2004 and June 2007. Nine were biome species, 9 commercial and game species and the others. Species recorded included Ardea purpurea, Phalacrocorax pygmaeus (UzRDB), Accipiter badius, Circus aeruginosus, Himantopus himantopus, Actitis hypoleucos, Charadrius dubius, Tringa ochropus, Sterna nilotica, Sterna hirundo, Columba livia, Streptopelia turtur, Pterocles orientalis, Caprimulgus aegyptius, Merops persicus, Upupa epops, Apus apus, Galerida cristata, Calandrella rufescens, Hirundo rustica, Riparia diluta, Cercotrichas galactotes, Hippolais languida, Sylvia nana, Sylvia mystacea, Scotocerca inquieta, Acrocephalus stentoreus, Parus bokharensis, Passer simplex, Passer indicus, Pica pica, Corvus monedula, Emberiza bruniceps and Emberiza rustica.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Gazella subgutturosa (UzRDB, RL) is found very rarely and Cricetulus migratorius (RL). Reptiles: Testudo horsfieldi (RL)

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Khodzha-Davlet. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.