KZ010
Lower reaches of the Emba River


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
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius CR passage 2003 243 individuals A1, A4i
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT passage 2006 216 individuals A1
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT breeding 2006 415-475 individuals A1, A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2006 50,000-99,999 individuals 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)
2011 very unfavourable not assessed negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
no population medium

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Cygnus olor Mute Swan 7 178 individuals 100 favourable
Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck 1 15 individuals 100 favourable
Grus grus Common Crane 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Tetrax tetrax Little Bustard 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron 1 6 individuals 100 favourable
Ardea alba Great White Egret 1 200 individuals 100 favourable
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 1 70 individuals 100 favourable
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel 232 1 individuals 1 very unfavourable
Larus genei Slender-billed Gull 60 130 individuals 100 favourable
Larus ichthyaetus Pallas's Gull 1 15 individuals 100 favourable
Larus cachinnans Caspian Gull 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Bubo bubo Eurasian Eagle-owl 1 3 individuals 100 favourable
Aquila nipalensis Steppe Eagle 1 46 individuals 100 favourable
Aquila heliaca Eastern Imperial Eagle 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Circus aeruginosus Western Marsh-harrier 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Sea-eagle 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Milvus migrans 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Buteo buteo Eurasian Buzzard 1 4 individuals 100 favourable
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard 4 37 individuals 100 favourable
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel 1 9 individuals 100 favourable
Corvus frugilegus Rook 1 4 individuals 100 favourable
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark 1 1 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 50000 10490 individuals 21 very unfavourable

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Unknown Unknown Unknown negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Dry grassland on sandy soils -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban & industrial areas -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - clay, Desert & semi-desert - salty, Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing brackish & salt water, Temporary water bodies -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
not utilised -
energy production and mining -
urban/industrial/transport -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lower reaches of the Emba River. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/lower-reaches-of-the-emba-river-iba-kazakhstan on 26/02/2024.