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Location Russia (European), Rostov region
Central coordinates 42o 32.05' East  46o 30.48' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 19,720 ha
Altitude 13 - 49m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description System of the number of salt-lakes, meanders and native steppe patches.

Key Biodiversity More than 20,000 waterbirds occur regularly.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1997  6,000-10,000 individuals  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1997  1,000-4,000 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1997  120 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1997  80-90 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Not Recognised 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding  1997  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1997  100-140 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus breeding  1997  60-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni non-breeding  1997  50-100 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1997  70-100 breeding pairs  poor  A4i, B1i, B2  Not Recognised 
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei breeding  1997  400-500 breeding pairs  poor  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1997  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1997  60-90 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1997  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

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
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  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)  
Lake Manych-Gudilo Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 112,600 protected area contains site 19,200  
Rostovsky Zapovednik 9,465 protected area overlaps with site 4,591  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  44%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Lagoons; Mud flats & sand flats  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 32%
hunting 5%
nature conservation and research 24%
not utilised 64%

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.A.Minoranskiy

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Islands in the western part of Lake Manych-Gudilo. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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