Delta of the Ural River

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2004)
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Area: 67,115 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 not assessed very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
In addition to the main navigable Ural-Caspian Channel, the site includes all of the secondary branches of the Delta and the multiple canals, submerged reedbeds and alluvial banks between the branches.

Key biodiversity
More than 250 bird species occur in the area. The overall number of waterfowl is thought to exceed 20,000 but, at present, precise data are lacking.

Non-bird biodiversity: The most prominent components of the local fauna are wild boar (Sus scrofa), musk-rat (Ondatra zibethica) and Caspian seal (Phoca caspica).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Delta of the Ural River. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.