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Location Russia (Central Asian), Novosibirsk region
Central coordinates 77o 58.00' East  54o 7.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 950,000 ha
Altitude 105 - 118m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Site description The site represents a vast system of constant, partially and fully dried up lakes that are fed from the Bagan river. The lakes are primarily brackish but there are fresh ones. Many lakes have large reedbeds. There are also substantial areas of steppes and salines alternating with the agricultural fields and rare birch chipping. Bird counts have been conducted annually in May-August since 2006. Approximately 70% of the territory was investigated in 2010. In 2006-2009 the site was investigated annually over about 50% of the territory. Altogether it was investigated over about 80% of the territory during the years 2006-2010 (approximately 760,000 ha).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  2006-2010  10-15 breeding pairs  good  A1  Endangered 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala passage  2006-2010  120-456 individuals  good  A1, A4i  Endangered 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus breeding  2006-2009  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2004  600-1,200 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2006-2010  50,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   2%
Grassland Steppes & dry calcareous  22%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams; Standing brackish & salt water; Standing fresh water  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban & industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards & groves  56%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
rangeland/pastureland 10%
forestry 2%
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
hunting 99%
tourism/recreation 2%
urban/industrial/transport 10%
not utilised 20%
nature conservation and research 1%
unknown 20%



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

References Bazdyrev A.V., Murzakhanov E.B., Yurlov A.K.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baganskiye Lakes. Downloaded from on 20/08/2014

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