Tacheng (Qoqek) area

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN breeding 2003 present A1
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU breeding 2003 2,000 individuals A1, A3
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU breeding 2003 present A1
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC breeding 2003 present A1
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug EN breeding 2008 present A1
White-throated Bushchat Saxicola insignis VU breeding 2003 present A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tacheng (Qoqek) area. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.