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Location Russia (Asian), Sakhalin
Central coordinates 145o 56.87' East  44o 9.48' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4ii
Area 346,800 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,819m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Mute Swan Cygnus olor unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Falcated Duck Mareca falcata breeding  2004  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa breeding  2004  present  A1  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina unknown  2004  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Melanitta nigra winter  2004  present  A4i  Not Recognised 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis winter  2004  present  A4i  Vulnerable 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Steller's Sea-eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis breeding  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea passage  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  2004  present  A4i  Near Threatened 
Mew Gull Larus canus unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla unknown  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Murre Uria aalge unknown  2004  present  A4ii  Least Concern 
Blakiston's Eagle-owl Bubo blakistoni resident  2004  present  A1  Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kunashirskiy kustarnikovyi reliktovyi les Nature Monument 0 unknown 155,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest (temp/boreal  -
Wetlands (inland) Saltpans; Sand dunes and beaches  -
Coastline Inland cliffs and rocky slopes; Rock stacks and islands  -
Sea Shallow marine waters, coral reefs and keys  -
Shrubland   -
Artificial - terrestrial Urban areas  -

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kunashir island. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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