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Location Russia (European), Saratov region
Central coordinates 49o 8.02' East  51o 29.53' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 12,127 ha
Altitude 100 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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

Key Biodiversity Only a short survey of the area has been carried out during a single field season.

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 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Zhestyanka. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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