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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 43o 42.07' East  49o 5.70' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 109,895 ha
Altitude 50 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Forest and steppe habitats bordering the left bank of the River Don with steep slopes.

Key Biodiversity Only a short survey was carried out in 1996, so bird information is incomplete.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1996  1-3 breeding pairs  B2  Endangered 
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1983  5-25 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Melovye gory Donskoi izluchiny Nature Monument 0 protected area contained by site 0  
Trekhostrovskoi Unknown 40,000 protected area overlaps with site 40,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  15%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  70%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 10%
hunting 100%
not utilised 50%

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.P.Belik, V.F.Chernobai, E.N.Sokhina

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kalachskaya Loop of Don River. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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