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Location Russia (European), Adygeya Republic
Central coordinates 40o 24.28' East  44o 1.12' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 600 - 2,040m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Forested mountain with very complete relief. There are not any landuse here (almost) as no roads and villigaces presents at area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  2007  100-150 males only  medium  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  2007  1-2 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2007  30-50 males only  good  A1  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus breeding  2007  10-15 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Krueper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi resident  2007  200-250 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria breeding  2007  1-2 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata breeding  2007  20-30 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi Caucasian Grouse 100 100 males only 100 favourable
Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dahovskiy Zakaznik 23,000 protected area overlaps with site 1,500  
Turinyi Zakaznik 3,900 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  100%
Shrubland   3%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland)   1%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 20%
nature conservation and research 25%
tourism/recreation 10%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

References P.A.Tilba

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sources of Kuna and Shisha rivers. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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