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Location Russia (European), Orenburg region
Central coordinates 61o 12.30' East  50o 59.65' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B2
Area 21,644 ha
Altitude 90 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Site description The area consists of several isolated patches of hilly steppe.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1990  6 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3, B2  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1990  43 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeding  1990  4,000-12,000 breeding pairs  poor  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla breeding  1990  2,000-7,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis breeding  1990  11,000-30,000 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Orenburgsky Zapovednik 21,653 is identical to site 21,644  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  90%

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 Volkov, A.E. eds. (1996) !!Strict Nature Reserves (Zapovedniki) of Russia. Collection of "Chronicle of Nature" data for 1991-1992.!! Sabashnikov Publishers, Moscow, Pp.156-158

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Orenburgski Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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