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Location Russia (Central Asian), Kurgan region
Central coordinates 64o 22.17' East  54o 33.52' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 14,300 ha
Altitude 100 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena breeding  2000  300-600 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus breeding  2000  150-250 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis breeding  2000  250-500 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2000  20-50 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2000  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
rangeland/pastureland 50%
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
nature conservation and research 10%

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: Bol'shiye and Maliye Donki lakes. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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