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Location Russia (European), Orenburg region
Central coordinates 55o 50.00' East  50o 44.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 140 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description Area which are located to the south-east from Akbulak town is one part of the large fly route of geeses during spring migration. This route is known more then 100 years.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1997  200-350 individuals  poor  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1997  2,430 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1997  60-100 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1997  10 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  1997  5 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Critically Endangered 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  3%
Shrubland Scrub  1%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  75%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  20%
Artificial - terrestrial   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 75%
fisheries/aquaculture 7%
forestry 3%
hunting 90%
nature conservation and research 3%

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 A.V.Davygora

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kulaksay lowland. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014

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