Shcherbakty Lakes

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i (2006)
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Area: 2,955 ha

Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2017 low favourable high
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Site description (baseline)
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.

Daniel Masur, Kati Sevke (Greifswald University, Germany) 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: Shcherbakty Lakes. Downloaded from on 02/06/2023.