Zhigulevski Nature Reserve

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1996 40 breeding pairs A1
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC winter 1996 10-15 individuals A1
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla LC breeding 1996 200-500 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus LC breeding 1996 3,000 breeding pairs B3
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin LC breeding 1996 2,500-5,000 breeding pairs B3
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos LC breeding 1996 6,000 breeding pairs B3
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia LC breeding 1996 1,600 breeding pairs B3
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis LC breeding 1996 5,000-10,000 breeding pairs B3
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus LC breeding 1996 700-1,600 breeding pairs B2
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris LC breeding 1996 400-2,000 breeding pairs B3
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana LC breeding 1996 100 breeding pairs B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zhegulevsky Zapovednik 23,157 protected area overlaps with site 23,140
Samarskaya Luka National Park 134,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rodnik Verkhovoi Nature Monument 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ozero Serebryanka Nature Monument 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Middle Volga UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 150,000 protected area contains site 0
Kamennaya chasha Nature Monument 150 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bakhilovskie slepyshovye opushki Nature Monument 0 protected area overlaps with site 0

Local Conservation Groups

The Local Conservation Groups listed below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Caretaker of Zhigulevski Zapovednik 2002
For more information on BirdLife's work with Local Conservation Groups, please click here.


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zhigulevski Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.