Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i (2006)
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Area: 19,610 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2006 medium unfavourable not assessed
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Site description (baseline)
The IBA consits of a dispersed cluster of small and middle-sized lakes scattered throughout the Karasuk region, to the east of Trophymovka. The Karasuk region is a practically undisturbed expanse of swampy brackish land with extensive reedbeds. The largest lakes in the system are Malyie Berezniaki (near the village of the same name) and part of Karasuk Lake (on the Russian border). The adjacent territory consists of mesophyllic forest-steppe strewn with tiny copses of birch and scrub, mostly bird cherry bushes.

Key biodiversity
The small breeding waterbird community is typical of small lakes with extensive reedbeds. Breeding by globally threatened species, such as Oxyura leucocephala, is suspected. The area is most important during migration. 52 species were recorded on 05.10.2006.

Daniel Masur, Kati Sevke (Greifswald University) and Vladimir Pereskokov (Pavlodar regional wildlife protection service) conducted the survey in October 2006 and provided their data.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Karasuk. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.