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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 15.00' East  43o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2008





Site description System of several inland fresh water lakes to the west from Agrakhanskiy Bay of Caspian Sea.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1982  1,200-1,300 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2007  150-250 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus resident  1970  50 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  2007  60-100 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  2007  50 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus breeding  2007  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Coot Fulica atra resident  1982  9,000-10,000 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2007  28 breeding pairs  good  A1  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2007  20,000-100,000 individuals  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Grassland Humid grasslands  5%
Desert Semidesert  15%
Shrubland   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
hunting 100%
rangeland/pastureland 20%
water management 50%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

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: Achikol'skiye lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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