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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 45o 49.10' East  44o 7.43' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 65,900 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2004-2006  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  2004-2006  30-50 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2004-2006  5 individuals  medium  A3  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  2004-2006  200-300 breeding pairs  poor  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni breeding  2004-2006  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2004-2006  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium near favourable negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

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

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Treeline ecotone  2%
Shrubland   5%
Desert Desert; Semidesert  70%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  23%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  3%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 1%
rangeland/pastureland 90%
forestry 5%
not utilised 5%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Karanogaiskiye steppes. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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