Manyrak Mountains

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2007)
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Area: 259,460 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)
2007 medium near favourable not assessed
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Site description
The IBA occupies the whole area of the north-western slope of the medium-sized Manyrak mountain range situated in the southern part of the Zaisan Depression. The range stretches 65 km from east-west and the highest point is 1,934 m asl. The mountains are of fairly arid aspect, with a few small rivers running down towards Zaisan lake. The northern slope consists of several rocky massifs separated by valleys and cut by the course of the south-north running canyon of the Kusty river. The range is located close to the Chinese border.

Key biodiversity
An 8 years study of the local avifauna recorded 121 species of bird. Typical Passerines are buntings (Emberiza bruniceps, E. buchanani and E. cioides) and Oenanthe pleschanka. Of predators the most common nesting species are hybrids of Buteo rufinus and Buteo hemilasius, Falco cherrug and Aquila nipalensis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manyrak Mountains. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.