Bezymyannaya and Gribovaya Bays and adjoining waters

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 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
Steller's Eider Polysticta stelleri VU non-breeding 1994 300 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC breeding 1994 10 breeding pairs B3
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 1995 118 breeding pairs B1ii
Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia LC breeding 1995 140,000-315,000 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1995 100,000-499,999 breeding pairs A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Marine Neritic -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
military -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bezymyannaya and Gribovaya Bays and adjoining waters. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.