Cherniy (Black) Irtysh Delta

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2006

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Swan Goose Anser cygnoid VU passage 2005 3 individuals A1
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT breeding 2006 1,000 individuals A1, A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2006 3,000 individuals A4i

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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 medium unfavourable negligible
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Desert Desert & semi-desert - sandy 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Forest Flood-plain 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Grassland Humid 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Grassland Steppes & dry calcareous 0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Shrubland Scrub 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland) Standing fresh water 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Wetlands (inland) Water-fringe vegetation 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) near favourable

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 13 2 individuals 16 very unfavourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 3000 1600 individuals 54 unfavourable
Haematopus ostralegus 1 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Larus ichthyaetus Pallas's Gull 33 472 individuals 100 favourable
Larus cachinnans Caspian Gull 1 800 nests 100 favourable
Hydroprogne caspia Caspian Tern 1 25 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Sea-eagle 3 5 nests 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Unknown Unknown Unknown negligible
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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Flood-plain -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Humid, Steppes & dry calcareous -
Desert Desert & semi-desert - sandy -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing fresh water, Water-fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban & industrial areas, Arable land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland -
fisheries/aquaculture -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cherniy (Black) Irtysh Delta. Downloaded from on 22/01/2021.