Kura Delta

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1996-2004 10-205 individuals B1i, B3
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 1996-2004 19 individuals B1i
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC winter 1996-2004 6,000-20,800 individuals A4i, B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1996-2004 200-5,800 individuals B1i
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT resident 1996-2004 50-100 individuals A1
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1996-2004 1,400-3,818 individuals B1i
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC resident 1996-2004 20-122 individuals B1i
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC winter 1996-2004 10-798 individuals B1i
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides LC breeding 1996 800-1,000 breeding pairs B1i, B2
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC breeding 1996-2004 318-1,000 breeding pairs B1i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT winter 1988-2004 60-1,118 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC winter 1996-2004 10-410 individuals A4i, B1i, B2
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC resident 1996-2004 884-1,300 breeding pairs A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 1996-2004 48 breeding pairs B1i
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 1996-2004 50-1,757 individuals B1i, B2
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC winter 1996-2004 100-240 individuals B1i, B2
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1996 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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)
2008 high 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
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
NAT AZ022 Game Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kura Delta. Downloaded from on 18/05/2022.