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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 48o 4.35' East  42o 19.62' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 3,600 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Rather large salt-lake located to the north-west from Derbent, not so far from Caspian coast.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2004  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  2004  1-10 breeding pairs  poor  A1, B2  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2006 high not assessed low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck 15 8 breeding pairs 54 unfavourable
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck 5 3 breeding pairs 60 unfavourable
Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck 15 12 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Oxyura leucocephala White-headed Duck 2 1 breeding pairs 50 unfavourable
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis 200 44 individuals 22 very unfavourable
Microcarbo pygmaeus Pygmy Cormorant 11 11 individuals 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Desert Semidesert  16%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
hunting 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 G.S.Dzhamirzoev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Adzhi Lake. Downloaded from on 26/11/2014

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