Babushkina bay

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2004 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT breeding 1998 20-25 breeding pairs A3
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC breeding 2004 present A4i
Goosander Mergus merganser LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus LC non-breeding 2004 present A4i
Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus LC unknown 2004 present A4i
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris EN breeding 2004 present A3, A4i
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis NT passage 2004 present A4i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC breeding 1998 25-50 breeding pairs A3
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus LC passage 2004 present A4i
Steller's Sea-eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus VU breeding 2004 present A1
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus LC breeding 1998 uncommon A3
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus LC breeding 1998 frequent A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 2004 20,000 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2004).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Babushkina bay. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.