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Location Russia (Asian), Chita
Central coordinates 115o 0.47' East  50o 44.28' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 201,630 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2013

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica breeding  2012  1,200-1,650 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid breeding  2012  4-5 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid passage  2012  600-800 individuals  good  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2012  3 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis breeding  2012  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Endangered 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2012  30-50 females only  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus non-breeding  2012  15-18 individuals  good  A1  Critically Endangered 
White-naped Crane Antigone vipio breeding  1997-2012  1-7 breeding pairs  good  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo passage  1995-2011  1,000-8,000 individuals  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  2012  400-500 breeding pairs  good  A3, A4i  Least Concern 
Hooded Crane Grus monacha non-breeding  1997-2012  100-500 individuals  good  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Mongolian Lark Melanocorypha mongolica breeding  2012  2,300-3,400 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii breeding  2012  4,200-5,500 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola breeding  2013  18-26 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1995-2012  5,000-90,000 individuals  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Aginskaya step Zakaznik 45,762 protected area contained by site 45,762  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppe  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Abandoned farmland, disturbed ground; Arable land  5%
Wetlands (inland) Riverine floodplains; Saline lakes  10%
Forest   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 45%
nature conservation and research 25%
not utilised 30%

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 O.A.Goroshko

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Aginskiye lakes. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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