Shagany-Alibej-Burnas lake-system

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

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 winter 1995 1,150 individuals B1i
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU winter 1995 2,500 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1992 700 individuals B1i
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1992 13,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC winter 1995 820 individuals B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1995 43,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula LC winter 1995 14,000 individuals B1i
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos LC winter 1992 25,000 individuals B1i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC passage 1992 1,300 individuals A4i, B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding 1999 60-200 breeding pairs B2
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola LC breeding 1992 60 breeding pairs B1i, B2
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans LC breeding - 2,800 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans LC passage 1992 18,000 individuals A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1992 50,000-99,999 individuals 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)
Shagany-Alibei-Burnas Lakes System Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 19,000 protected area overlaps with site 19,200


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes, Sand dunes and beaches, Standing brackish and salt water, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Marine Neritic -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shagany-Alibej-Burnas lake-system. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.