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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 45o 56.23' East  50o 6.62' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 62,740 ha
Altitude 28 - 37m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Tranzitory zone between Privolzhskaya ridge and Dzhanibekskaya plain. On the mostly flat plain area some depressions are happened which are flooded during the spring by water. Most part of plain area are covered by dry plants communities.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2007  10-15 breeding pairs  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  2007  15-20 breeding pairs  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  2007  8-10 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  2007  10-20 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 high not assessed low

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Drofinyi Zakaznik 79,200 protected area contains site 79,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  78%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing brackish and salt water  25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 3%
nature conservation and research 100%

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: Drofiny area. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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