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Location Kazakhstan, Akmola region
Central coordinates 70o 3.00' East  50o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 10,280 ha
Altitude 325 - 337m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (Affiliate)

Site description Short-grass meadows near the small town Korgalzhyn situated 120 km south-west of Astana, near the Nura river. The natural surrounding landscape is Festuca-Arthemisia steppe. Within a radius of 3-4 km from the town, there are pastures with different intensities of grazing where several colonies of Sociable Lapwing exist.

Key Biodiversity Seven breeding colonies of Sociable Lapwing; plus wagtails, pipits, some larks. Other birds are typical of anthropogenic landscapes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus breeding  2005-2007  medium  A3  Near Threatened 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta passage  2005  1,580 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius breeding  2005-2007  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3, A4i  Critically Endangered 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  2005  3,700 individuals  medium  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Ruff Calidris pugnax passage  2005  21,560 individuals  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus breeding  2004-2007  50-70 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Lark Melanocorypha leucoptera breeding  2006  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis breeding  2005-2007  250-1,000 individuals  medium  A3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2005  28,980 individuals  good  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2006 high near favourable not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Artificial - terrestrial   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   90%
Artificial - terrestrial   10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 90%
urban/industrial/transport 10%

Protection status Kurgalginskiy State Nature Reserve - 50 km - is the closest SPA.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vicinity of Korgalzhyn village. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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