Bol'shiye and Maliye Donki lakes

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
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena LC breeding 2000 300-600 breeding pairs A4i
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC breeding 2000 150-250 breeding pairs A4i
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC breeding 2000 250-500 breeding pairs A4i
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT breeding 2000 20-40 breeding pairs A1
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus VU breeding 2000 20-50 breeding pairs A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2006).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid, Steppes & dry calcareous -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish & salt water, Water-fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
rangeland/pastureland -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bol'shiye and Maliye Donki lakes. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.