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Kazakhstan, Akmola region
69o 51.00' East 50o 34.00' North
A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
300 - 340m
Year of IBA assessment
Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (Affiliate)
Site description An area of Artemisia-grass steppe between Amangeldy village and Sholak lake (Korgalzhyn district), about 100 km south-east of Astana (the capital of Kazakhstan). The area also includes saltmarshes and bays on the eastern shore of the lake.
Key Biodiversity The IBA is a breeding area of the globally threatened (and biome-restricted for steppe) Sociable Lapwing and Black-winged Pratincole. Other biome-restricted species are Circus macrourus, Melanocorypha yeltoniensis and Melanocorypha leucoptera. The bays and saltmarshes of Sholak lake are an important area for the autumn and spring concentrations of migratory waterbirds, especially waders (for example, up to 3,000 Limosa limosa).
Protection status Kurgalginskiy State Nature Reserve - 8 km away - is the closest protected area. Sholak lake is in the same lake system which is protected in the Reserve and depends on water from the Nura river.
References Krivizkiy et al. (1985). The birds of Kurgalzhinskiy Zapovednik. Almaty. (in Russian).
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