Sarykopa Lake System

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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN breeding 1971 < 50 individuals A1
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU passage 1997 11,000 individuals A1, A4i
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC non-breeding 1971-2004 20,000 individuals A4i
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC passage 1997 32,000 individuals A4i
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU passage 1997 26 individuals A1
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC passage 1971 3,000 individuals A4i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC passage 1971 35,000 individuals A4i
Common Teal Anas crecca LC passage 1971 11,000 individuals A4i
Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus CR passage 1971 < 50 individuals A1
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo LC breeding 2003-2006 uncommon A3
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax NT breeding 1986-2004 50-249 individuals A1, A3
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC breeding 1985-2004 400 individuals A4i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT breeding 1985-2004 50-200 breeding pairs A1, A4i
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus LC breeding 1985-2004 144-350 breeding pairs A4i
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2003-2004 500 breeding pairs A4i
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius CR breeding 1986-2003 < 50 individuals A1
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT passage 1985-2003 8,000 individuals A1, A4i
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT breeding 2003-2004 300-400 individuals A1, A4i
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis EN breeding 2003-2006 uncommon A3
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU passage 2003-2004 < 50 individuals A1, A3
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT breeding 2003-2004 < 50 individuals A1, A3
Black Lark Melanocorypha yeltoniensis LC breeding 2003-2006 abundant A3
White-winged Lark Alauda leucoptera LC breeding 2003-2006 abundant A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1971 20,000 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)
2010 high unfavourable not assessed
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
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) 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
Grassland Humid 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Grassland Mesophile grassland & tall grass steppe 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Grassland Steppes & dry calcareous 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish & salt water 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Standing fresh water 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Temporary water bodies 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Water-fringe vegetation 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Sary-Kolinskiy Zakaznik 51,200 is identical to site 51,200


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid, Mesophile grassland & tall grass steppe, Steppes & dry calcareous -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams, Standing brackish & salt water, Standing fresh water, Temporary water bodies, Water-fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sarykopa Lake System. Downloaded from on 25/09/2022.