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Location Russia (Central Asian), Chelyabinsk region
Central coordinates 61o 42.43' East  55o 4.70' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 180 m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Key Biodiversity Important area for conservation of Podiceps nigricollis, Pelecanus crispus, Oxyura leucocephala, Larus minuta and waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1991-2001  4-5 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis breeding  2002  80-120 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  1999  1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  2000-2004  2-20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus breeding  2002  350-400 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2000-2001  20,000 individuals  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   100%
Artificial - terrestrial   50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
hunting 60%
urban/industrial/transport 50%
not utilised 25%

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 Zakharov V.D.Gordienko N.S.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kurlady Lake. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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