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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 42.87' East  43o 55.38' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 26,500 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  2007-2008  1,000 individuals  poor  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca non-breeding  2007-2008  100 individuals  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  2007-2008  10-20 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  2007-2008  5-100 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  2007-2008  100-500 individuals  medium  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  2007  5,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  2007-2008  20,000 individuals  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  2007-2008  100 individuals  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio resident  2007-2008  10 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2007-2008  60,000 individuals  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Agrakhanskiy Zakaznik 39,000 protected area overlaps with site 7,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  1%
Shrubland   8%
Desert Semidesert  18%
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons; Mud flats and sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes and beaches; Standing brackish and salt water  71%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 50%
Notes: illegal!
not utilised 20%
nature conservation and research 18%
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: Chechen' Island and east seaside of Agrakhan peninsula. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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