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Location Russia (Asian), Kamchatka
Central coordinates 166o 52.63' East  54o 54.35' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii
Area 3,648,680 ha
Altitude 0 - 755m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri unknown  2004  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Emperor Goose Anser canagicus winter  2004  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Common Eider Somateria mollissima unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis unknown  2004  present  A4ii  Least Concern 
Red-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax urile unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-legged Kittiwake Rissa brevirostris breeding  2004  present  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
A4iii Species group - seabirds unknown  2004  10,000 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  2004  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Commander Islands UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3,648,679 is identical to site 3,648,679  
Komandorsky Zapovednik 3,648,679 is identical to site 3,648,679  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Grassland Edaphic grassland; Tundra  -
Sea   -

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Commander islands. Downloaded from on 03/05/2015

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