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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 26.00' East  43o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i
Area 2,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Artificial lake with the large ammount of frindge vegetation. Site are located to the north from the mouth of Sulak river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1998  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  1998  20-30 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus non-breeding  1998  30-40 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  70%
Desert Semidesert  10%
Shrubland Scrub  9%
Grassland Humid grasslands  10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 100%
rangeland/pastureland 15%

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 G.S.Dzhamirzoev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mekhteb reservoir. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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