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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 15.00' East  42o 55.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 20,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2005-2007  1 breeding pairs  good  B2  Endangered 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  2003-2007  25-30 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2005-2007  4-6 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus passage  2005-2006  6-50 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga passage  2005-2007  100 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2005-2007  1-2 breeding pairs  good  A1  Endangered 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  2005-2006  100-1,000 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005-2007  12-20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  3%
Shrubland   10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  15%
Desert Semidesert  50%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  4%
Rocky areas   12%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  18%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
rangeland/pastureland 60%
forestry 1%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
hunting 100%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buinakskaya depression. Downloaded from on 10/07/2014

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