Kuril islands (between Urup and Paramushir)

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2016

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Mute Swan Cygnus olor LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU winter 2004 present A4i
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri VU winter 2004 present A4i
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU unknown 2004 present A4i
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica LC non-breeding 2004 present A4i
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel Hydrobates furcatus LC breeding 1995-2000 min 150,000 individuals A4ii
Leach's Storm-petrel Hydrobates leucorhous VU breeding 1995-2000 min 500,000 individuals A4ii
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis LC breeding 2000 min 240,000 individuals A4ii
Red Knot Calidris canutus NT passage 2004 present A4i
Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea CR passage 2004 present A1
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla VU breeding 2004 present A4i
Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata LC breeding 2004 present A4ii
Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata LC breeding 2000 min 180,000 individuals A4ii
Horned Puffin Fratercula corniculata LC breeding 2004 present A4ii
Whiskered Auklet Aethia pygmaea LC breeding 2000 min 34,000 individuals A4ii
Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella LC breeding 2000-2009 min 900,000 individuals A4ii
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 2004 present A4ii
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus LC breeding 2004 present A4ii
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 2004 present A4ii
Steller's Sea-eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus VU winter 2004 present A1
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a unknown 2004 min 10,000 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Bukhta Kraternaya Zakaznik 20 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islands, Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Shrubland -
Wetlands (inland) -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kuril islands (between Urup and Paramushir). Downloaded from on 02/12/2022.