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Location Russia (European), Saratov region
Central coordinates 48o 0.00' East  51o 0.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000





Site description An area of agricultural lands on the floodplain of the Rzhestyanke river.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1996  2-3 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Near Threatened 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  1996  40-60 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1996  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeding  1996  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 99%

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.N.Moseikin

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zhestyanka. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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