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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 45.00' East  41o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 15,000 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 


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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Samurski ridge. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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