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Location Russia (Central Asian), Altayski kray
Central coordinates 79o 40.35' East  53o 0.73' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 134,400 ha
Altitude 99 - 115m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

Site description All data for 1998

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea passage  1998  1,000-10,000 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna passage  1998  3,000-50,000 individuals  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  1997-1998  2-5 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1998  20-30 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Least Concern 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  1998  100 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  1998  10-25 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus breeding  1997-1998  5-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Larus cachinnans passage  1998  10,000-100,000 individuals  medium  A4i  Not Recognised 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus breeding  1998  2,000 breeding pairs  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1998  1,000 breeding pairs  poor  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeding  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds present  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   5%
Shrubland   5%
Grassland   12%
Wetlands (inland)   65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
water management 3%
military 40%
not utilised 10%
nature conservation and research 60%

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 Chekcheev I.P.Garms O.J.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Blagoveschenskaya (Kulunda lake and vicinity). Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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