Tortoise Islands

Country/territory: Kazakhstan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (2007)
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Area: 1,059 ha

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)
2004 medium near favourable not assessed
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Site description
Three islands in the Bukhtarma reservoir, 4-5 km from the shore. The islands are located approximately 20 km from the town of Samarskoe, opposite the small village of Palatzy. The most southern island is named "Bezymyanny" ("No-named"), the others are "Sredny" ("Middle") and "Cherepashy" ("Tortoise"). The islands are covered with steppe grass vegetation, one of islands has scarce poplar groves along the shore and is rich in herbs. There are stones and small rocks on the highest points of the islands. One of the islands has a strip of 20 m wide sand dunes (up to 6 m high). Between two of the islands, there are sparse reedbeds.

Key biodiversity
There are breeding colonies of Dalmatian Pelican, Cormorant, Common Tern, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-headed Gull (small groups), Black-headed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper.

Non-bird biodiversity: Passerines typical for low-mountain steppe of Altay, rodents etc.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tortoise Islands. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.