Kazakhstan supports the largest population (over 130 species) of waterfowl in Asia. It is estimated that over 50 million birds migrate semi-annually through Kazakhstan from winter feeding grounds to summer nesting grounds and back again. Approximately 20% of these are estimated to nest in Kazakhstan. The wetland is protected habitat for one of the world's largest nesting populations of greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), and other rare and globally endangered species like the dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), the Siberian white crane (Grus leucogeranus), the White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) (protected under CITES), the Ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca), and the sociable lapwing (Chettusia gregaria).
Photo courtesy of UNDP in Kazakhstan