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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 44.68' East  41o 30.47' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 17,300 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Site description Unforested steppe patches, srubs and alpine grasslands with rocky areas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  1998  15-20  medium  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  1998  30-50  medium  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chukar Alectoris chukar resident  1998  200-250  good  B2  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  1996  8-25  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1998  50-60  good  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1998  60-70  good  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium near favourable negligible
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 some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi Caucasian Grouse 15 12 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Tetraogallus caucasicus Caucasian Snowcock 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  60%
Shrubland Scrub  22%
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  1%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 2%
not utilised 20%
rangeland/pastureland 80%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

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 G.S.Dzhamirzoev

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Samurski ridge. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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