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Location Russia (Central Asian), Chelyabinsk region
Central coordinates 59o 49.00' East  52o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 203,900 ha
Altitude 286 - 443m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2002-2007  100 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  2002  150 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  2006-2007  1,000 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2006-2007  11-15 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2002  present  A3  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  2006-2007  200-400 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  2002  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arkaim Zapovednik 3,700 protected area contained by site 3,700  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   15%
Shrubland   3%
Grassland   60%
Wetlands (inland)   4%
Artificial - terrestrial   30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 60%
forestry 15%
hunting -
military minor
tourism/recreation 2%
urban/industrial/transport 3%
other 10%
nature conservation and research 2%

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 Gashek V.A.

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