Russkiy Zharkol


Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (2013)
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Area: 12,774 ha

Protection status:

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)
2015 high very unfavourable medium
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Site description

The lake is located in the south part of the region in relation to the settlements: the Russkiy Zharkol lake is located in 25 km to the south-east of the city of Arkalyk, from which a field road leads to the lake through wheat fields; also it is located in 20 km to the south-west of Tersakan township (Matrosova).

 Administratively – on the territory of Arkalyk district of Kostanay region.

Key biodiversity
The main reason for allocation of the area is due to its being well preserved and also its importance for migrating birds. Total number of species which are met here in different seasons is approximately over 50. Among them, more than 6 species are included in the Red Book of Kazakhstan and the International Red Book. The concentration of some of them is significant. In the periods of migrations, the following birds stop at the lake: Red-breasted Goose - Branta ruficollis, Lesser White-fronted Goose - Anser erythropus, Whooper Swan - Cygnus Cygnus.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Russkiy Zharkol. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2020.