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Location Ukraine, Odessa
Central coordinates 28o 39.00' East  45o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 19,200 ha
Altitude 2 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Lakes surrounded by arable land, in the lower valley of the River Danube near the town of Izmail.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1995  50,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1995  1,000 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor breeding  1992  180 breeding pairs  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Mute Swan Cygnus olor winter  1995  540 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1999  30-60 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1999  80-600 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1992  300 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1999  40-240 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1999  60-140 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1999  100-1,200 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus breeding  1999  10-12 breeding pairs  unknown  A1  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1992  150 breeding pairs  good  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1995  55 individuals  good  A1  Least Concern 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans breeding  1992  700 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  1999  2,000-3,800 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1995  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kartal Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 500 protected area contained by site 1,500  
Kugurlui Lake Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,500 protected area contained by site 11,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
water management -

Protection status National None International Partial6,500 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kugurlui Lake, 6,500 ha). 500 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kartal Lake, 500 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kugurluj and Kartal lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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