Torey lakes

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
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid VU breeding 1998 common A1
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU passage 1998 rare A1
Baer's Pochard Aythya baeri CR breeding 1998 rare A1, A3
Baikal Teal Sibirionetta formosa LC passage 1998 rare A1
Swinhoe's Rail Coturnicops exquisitus VU non-breeding 1998 present A1
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus CR passage 1998 rare A1
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC breeding 1998 abundant A3, A4i
White-naped Crane Grus vipio VU breeding 1998 uncommon A1, A3, A4i
Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis VU non-breeding 1998 present A1
Hooded Crane Grus monacha VU passage 1998 uncommon A1
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU breeding 1998 rare A1, A3
Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus NT breeding 1998 uncommon A3
Relict Gull Larus relictus VU breeding 1998 frequent A4i
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga VU passage 1998 rare A1
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN non-breeding 1998 present A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown 2004 min 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).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zun-Toreiskiy Vostochnyi Mineral'nyi Istochnik Nature Monument 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Torey Lakes Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 172,500 protected area overlaps with site 172,500
Landscapes of Dauria World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 912,624 protected area overlaps with site 0
Daursky UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 227,700 protected area overlaps with site 0
Daursky Zapovednik 44,752 protected area contained by site 45,752


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Riverine floodplains, Saline lakes -
Grassland Steppe -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Torey lakes. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.