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Location Russia (European), Rostov region
Central coordinates 44o 13.68' East  47o 22.63' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 19,140 ha
Altitude 100 - 170m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  1999  2-5 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2004  2-3 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis breeding  1999  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Endangered 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  1999  1 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  1990-1999  50-70 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
rangeland/pastureland 80%

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: Sources of Akshibai river. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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