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Location Russia (European), Krasnodarski kray
Central coordinates 38o 25.00' East  45o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2
Area 55,000 ha
Altitude 5 - 12m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description A number of lakes to the north-east of the village of Ekaterininsky.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  2003-2006  66-634 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  2003-2006  68,240-80,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  2004-2006  1,050 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  2006  280-300 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  2006  200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  2004-2006  50-55 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  17%
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  1%
Grassland Humid grasslands  2%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  79%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 1%
agriculture 78%
Notes: wet rice fields
fisheries/aquaculture 15%
water management 100%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 16%

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 M.Kh.Emtyl, Yu.V.Lokhman

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Varnavinsko-Kryukovskaya irrigation system. Downloaded from on 18/09/2014

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