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Location Russia (European), Kalmykiya Republic,Volgograd region
Central coordinates 44o 54.13' East  47o 50.32' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 200,415 ha
Altitude 3 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Branch of the Khvalynskaya delta of Volga river - system of the little salt and fresh lakes. Due to artificial irrigationdrainage which exists here most of the lakes have an irregular circle of flooding, part of them are offen shallow -water or dry. On the Volgograd part of the lake-sytem (northern lakes) there are a lot of artificial ponds are working, situation on Kalmykiya part is more close to the native.

Key Biodiversity Total number of waders (including Ruff) reach 20000-25000 individuals.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1999  20 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1999  1,000 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1999  23 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1999  13-20 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Endangered 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1999  20-35 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1999  70-100 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Khanata Zakaznik 52,000 protected area overlaps with site 14,115  
Ozero Tsatsa Nature Monument 918 protected area contained by site 918  
Sarpinskiy Zakaznik 195,900 protected area overlaps with site 4,630  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Sarpinskiye ozera 2002


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  50%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  21%
Forest   -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  16%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting 30%
nature conservation and research 1%
not utilised 60%
tourism/recreation 10%
water management 35%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References V.F.Chernobai, S.A.Bukreev, E.N.Sokhina

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sarpinskaya lake-system. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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