The desert around Kurkuduk village

Country/territory: Uzbekistan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2006)
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Area: 117,240 ha

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2006 low not assessed not assessed
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Site description
The northern foothill plains of Bukantau consist of sierozem wormwood plains and small zones of sand and clay deserts. There are numerous desert bushes and stands of saxaul forest. The gently undulating plains slope to the north, where temporary streams flow down and sandy-clay strips are generated among the sands. These ecotopes are favourite places for Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulate). The plain’s width varies from 18-25 km to 5-8 km. The IBA is situated in the Central Kyzylkum desert, 40 km to the north of Uckuduk town. Although only a few sites have been formally proposed under the A3 biome-restricted criteria (for biome CA04b Eurasian Desert and Semi-desert), many of the IBAs in the Kyzylkum Desert region support populations of biome-restricted species and, effectively, form a network of sites throughout the area.

Key biodiversity
The avifauna of the shrubby desert is very rich and includes Charadrius leschenaultii, Caprimulgus aegyptius, Podoces panderi, Melanocorypha bimaculata and Lanius isabellinus. This site is one of the largest, permanent residences of Chlamidotis undulata. In 1981 the density of the population of Chlamidotis undulata was, on average, 1 pair per 10.8 square km, and 1 pair per 3.6 square km at its most dense (O. V. Mitropolskiy).

Non-bird biodiversity: This area is important for many species of clay and foothills arid territories: Eqius hemiouis (absent at the present moment), Gazella subguttorosa, Spermophilopsis fulvus, Mustella eversmanni and Paraechinus hypomelos.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The desert around Kurkuduk village. Downloaded from on 03/02/2023.