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Location Russia (European), Saratov region
Central coordinates 49o 29.00' East  51o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description Hilly areas covered by native steppes which partly transferrmed to the agricultural mainly arable lands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1997  10-12 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1997  2-3 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1997  50-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  4%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
unknown 70%

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.V.Morozov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Siniye mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2014

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