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Location Russia (European), Volgograd region
Central coordinates 45o 42.42' East  50o 24.95' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 35,636 ha
Altitude 15 - 268m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea breeding  2004  70-80 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2004  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni unknown  1984-1986  6-9 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2004  6-8 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla resident  2004  8-10 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda passage  2000-2001  100-150 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Scherbakovskaya balka Nature Monument 25 protected area contained by site 25  
Shcherbakovski National Park 34,580 protected area contained by site 34,580  
Stolbichi i scherbakovskiy sbros Nature Monument 5 protected area contained by site 5  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Shcherbakovskaya izluchina Volgi 2004


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  30%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  28%
Wetlands (inland)   1%
Rocky areas   1%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 65%
forestry 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
hunting 87%
tourism/recreation 54%
urban/industrial/transport 2%
nature conservation and research 100%
other 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 Chernobay V.F.Barabashin T.O.Sakhina E.N.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Shcherbakovskaya bend of Volga river. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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