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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 46o 4.35' East  49o 20.65' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 61,222 ha
Altitude 17 - 22m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Part of mostly unuzed militarry area due to native landscapes exist in good condition. Part of lake's bank covered by dry vegetation like semi-desert, other part are very wet with vrindge vegatation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1998  15 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  1998  4 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2007  3-4 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Buteo rufinus breeding  1998  30 breeding pairs  good  B2  Not Recognised 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1999  90-150 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  1999  500 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  1998  16 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2  Critically Endangered 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1998  250 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed negligible

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 

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

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Bulukhta 2006
National park El'tonskii management 2006


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  92%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing brackish and salt water  21%
Artificial - terrestrial   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
nature conservation and research 1%
not utilised 95%

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: Bulukhta area. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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