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Location Ukraine, Zaporozhie
Central coordinates 35o 19.00' East  46o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 22,450 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description The estuary of the Molochnaya river, near Kirilovka village.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1992  25,000-40,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1992  10,000-12,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor passage  1992  2,000-5,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos winter  1992  25,000-30,000 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Scaup Aythya marila winter  1992  80,000-100,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  1992  5,000-12,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus passage  1992  5,000-12,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis passage  1992  5,000-10,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea passage  1999  4,500-6,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea passage  1999  700-750 individuals  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Great Egret Casmerodius albus passage  1999  800-1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1992  1,000-3,000 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1992  50-250 breeding pairs  good  B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola passage  1999  400-600 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans breeding  1992  4,000-5,500 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1992  unknown  A4iii   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1992  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Molochnyi Liman Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 22,400 protected area contained by site 22,400  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing freshwater; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters; Water fringe vegetation  95%
Sea   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International High22,400 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Molochnyi Liman, 22,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Molochnyj Liman. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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