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Location Russia (European), Orenburg region
Central coordinates 60o 51.23' East  50o 56.52' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 151,190 ha
Altitude 320 - 370m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description A large system lakes in the steppe zone of eastern Orenburg region, near the border with Kazakhstan.

Key Biodiversity The area is very important for migrating ducks and geese, but more research on spring and autumn migration is needed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1996  500-1,500 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1996  200,000-300,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser non-breeding  1996  1,000-1,500 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1996  10,000-15,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  1996  13 breeding pairs  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1996  10-100 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  1996  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1996  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretakers of Shalkaro-Zhetykolski Ozerny Rayon 2006


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  80%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
not utilised 9%
other 25%

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shalkaro-Zhetykol'ski lake system. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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