Pulatkhan Gorge

Country/territory: Uzbekistan

IBA criteria met: A1, A3 (2007)
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Area: 2,323 ha

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 low not assessed low
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Site description (baseline)
The Pulathan plateau is a tabletop with steep and very high rocky walls descending to the Karaarcha, Akbulak, Tereklisay and Big Maydantal mountain rivers. The plateau is situated between 1,745 and 2,823m above sea level. There is juniper on all walls of the plateau. There is no permanent water except for a small spring in the south-eastern part. The last snowfields melt at the end of June and, as a result, two small brooks flow on the plateau temporarily. The greatest part of this water flows to karstic caves and disppears underground and only a small part reaches shallow man-made pits. The IBA contains all of the summit and walls of the plateau, which have natural borders and area of c 2,323 hectares.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals have been described by M.N.Korelov (1956) and some data was collected during IBA expeditions in 2006 and 2007. Species include Vulpes vulpes, Ursus arctos, Uncia uncial, –°apra sibirica, Marmota menzbieri and Spermophilus relictus. Reptiles - Pseudopos apodus, Eremias lineolata, Ablepharus deserti, Natrix tessellata and Gloydius halys. Fish are absent. The vegetation of the plateau has not been described.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pulatkhan Gorge. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.