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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic
Central coordinates 42o 33.13' East  43o 42.07' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 13,000 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 2,644m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Valley of the Khasaut river which soursed from Bermamyt Mountains. On the left band a lot of rocks located, on the right band of rivers some meadows happened.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1998  2-4 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1998  1-4 breeding pairs  good  B2  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

2006 very high unfavourable negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 2 2 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila heliaca Eastern Imperial Eagle 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture 16 9 breeding pairs 57 unfavourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  25%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  60%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  15%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
not utilised 70%

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 O.A.Vitivich, V.M.Polivanov

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Valley of Khasaut river, mountains B.Bermamyt and M.Bermamyt. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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