Volga Delta

Country/territory: Russia (European)

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2007)
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Area: 1,059,800 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
Located in the southern part of Astrakhan region.

Key biodiversity
Immense numbers of waterbirds breed in the delta, including 56,800_pairs of herons (Ardeidae), cormorants Phalacrocorax, Plegadis falcinellus and Platalea leucorodia alone, although this total has decreased in recent years. During migration, a total of 7_million waterbirds pass through the area in spring, and 5--10_million in the autumn. The number of waterfowl overwintering in the delta depends on the severity of the weather, but can include important numbers of Cygnus cygnus.

The map polygon is provided courtesy of the Spatial Database on Important Bird Areas of Russia 2014 (© Russian Bird Conservation Union, © Transparent World).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Volga Delta. Downloaded from on 03/03/2024.