Kurtusuv - Khovudan

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2006 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius LC resident 1983-2006 1 breeding pairs A3
See-see Partridge Ammoperdix griseogularis LC resident 1983-2006 10-12 breeding pairs A3
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus NT breeding 1983-2006 2-3 breeding pairs A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN resident 1983-2006 1 breeding pairs A1
Eastern Rock Nuthatch Sitta tephronota LC resident 1983-2006 40-50 breeding pairs A3
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata LC breeding 1983-2006 20-25 breeding pairs A3
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii LC breeding 1983-2003 9-10 breeding pairs A3
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani LC breeding 1983-2006 10-15 breeding pairs A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2006).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2006 not assessed high not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset good

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Kopetdag State Nature Reserve 49,793 protected area overlaps with site 37,305


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
Desert -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kurtusuv - Khovudan. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.