Baganskiye Lakes

Country/territory: Russia (Central Asian)

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2011)
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Area: 347,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
The site represents a vast system of constant, partially and fully dried up lakes that are fed from the Bagan river. The lakes are primarily brackish but there are fresh ones. Many lakes have large reedbeds. There are also substantial areas of steppes and salines alternating with the agricultural fields and rare birch chipping. Bird counts have been conducted annually in May-August since 2006. Approximately 70% of the territory was investigated in 2010. In 2006-2009 the site was investigated annually over about 50% of the territory. Altogether it was investigated over about 80% of the territory during the years 2006-2010 (approximately 760,000 ha).

Key biodiversity
The following semi-aquatic birds were noticed on nesting and movements in June-August: Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Bittern, Great Egret, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Mallard, Gadwall, Gar-ganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Common Shelduck, Common Coot, Little Ringed Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Northern Lapwing, Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Cur-lew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Common Snipe, White-winged Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Larus barabensis, Mew Gull, Pallas's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Gull, Bearded Parrotbill etc.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baganskiye Lakes. Downloaded from on 27/06/2019.