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Location Russia (Central Asian), Altayski kray
Central coordinates 80o 16.77' East  51o 38.03' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 1,200,000 ha
Altitude 150 - 280m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Key Biodiversity Important area for concervation of Oxyura leucocephala, Aquila clanga, Falco cherrug, Circus macrourus,Vanellus gregarius, Glareola nordmanni Recurvirostra avosetta.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1993-1998  1-10 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2004  2-10 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2004  20-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga breeding  1998-2004  3-8 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  1991-1997  5-10 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  2004  30-35 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Urochishche Lyapunikha Zakaznik 710 protected area contained by site 710  
Volchikhinski Zakaznik 32,800 protected area contained by site 32,800  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   55%
Grassland   20%
Wetlands (inland)   6%
Artificial - terrestrial   15%
Unknown   4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 33%
forestry 55%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport 2%
nature conservation and research 7%

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 Petrov V.U.Plotnikov V.N.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Uzkaya Steppe. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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