Kazakhstan portion of the river Volga's Delta - Zhambay

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2003

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC breeding 2003 250-300 A4i
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax LC breeding 2003 1,000-1,500 individuals A4i
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 2003 250-500 individuals A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT breeding 2003 100-300 individuals A1, A4i
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC breeding 2003 300-600 individuals A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2003 1,000-5,000 individuals A4i
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC breeding 2003 2,000-5,000 individuals A4i
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 2003 4,000-6,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2003 20,000-49,999 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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 not assessed very unfavourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Novinskiy Zakaznik 45,000 protected area overlaps with site 45,000
Northen Part of Caspian Sea State Reservation 7,000,000 protected area overlaps with site 203,480


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grassland & tall grass steppe -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing brackish & salt water, Standing fresh water, Water-fringe vegetation -
Sea Sea inlets -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kazakhstan portion of the river Volga's Delta - Zhambay. Downloaded from on 04/10/2022.