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Location Russia (European), Astrakhan region
Central coordinates 48o 18.83' East  45o 1.57' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 35 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description The IBA is located in the Caspian Sea, to the south of the Volga delta.

Key Biodiversity A small island which holds a large number of colonial nesting birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1998  2,500 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis breeding  1988  600 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Maliy Zhemchuzhny Island Natural Monument 35 protected area contained by site 35  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches; Shingle & stony beaches  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

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.M.Rusanov, N.N.Moshonkin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Maly Zhemchuzhny island. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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