KZ106
Shcherbakty Lakes


Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2006)
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Area: 2,955 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)
2017 low favourable high
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Site description
The IBA consists of a group of 3 lakes to the west and south-west of Scherbakty village (by the shore of the lake of the same name), in Lebyazinskiy district. The first is 2 km to the west and the last, and most remote, is 6 km to the south. Overall the lake complex extends over a distance of 10 km. The approximate area occupied by the lakes is 2.7 x 1.3 km (maximum 3.2 x 1.8 km,), 1.2 x 0.5 km (1.4 x 0.7 km), and 2.8 x 1.7 km (3.2 x 2.2 km). The lakes are closed, bitter-salty in separate natural depressions with poorly developed littoral vegetation. Only on the eastern bank of the southerly lake is there any substantial growth of reeds, forming a system of inlets and spits. The surrounding landscape is primarily abandoned crop fields with patches of trees.

Key biodiversity
The site supports a small breeding waterbird community but is important during migration as a stopover site.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shcherbakty Lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/10/2019.