Ibidorhyncha struthersii


Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Limicolae)
Family  (Tringidae)
Genus  (Ibidorhyncha)
Species Authority Vigors, 1832
Summary Status: vulnerable (category III), rarely observed, but found throughout Central Asia. Winters within the borders of its habitat. In Kazakstan, the ibisbill inhabits the high mountains of the northern and central Tian Shan and the Dzhungar Alatau mountains at altitudes of 2,000 to 3,000 m. The population in Kazakstan is at least 80 pairs found along the Chilik-Kemin, Karkara-Kokzhar and Sholkudy River valleys. Factors contributing to declining numbers are hydrological changes in mountain rivers, including flooding, the changing of river channels and human activities. The first nest in Kazakstan was found in 1978. The nest consists of a pit paved with small stones. There are 4 ibisbill pairs in the Almaty Reserve. The establishment of seasonal reserves is necessary to protect this species. Nesting areas near Medeo should also be protected from tourists.

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