Kagan Fish Farm

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2006 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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN passage 2006 10-200 adults A1, A4i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT winter 2006 10-150 adults A1
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC breeding 2006 25-350 adults A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT passage 2006 3-40 adults A1
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC passage 2006 50-1,500 adults A4i
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei LC passage 2006 60-2,000 adults A4i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC passage 2006 60-1,000 adults A4i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC passage 2006 50-250 adults A4i
Pallas's Fish-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus EN passage 2006 2-7 adults A1
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2006 5-60 adults A1
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2006 present A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2006).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2006 not assessed very high not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset good

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland -
Desert -
Forest -
Wetlands (inland) -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kagan Fish Farm. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.