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Location Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Central coordinates 20o 39.90' East  41o 41.12' North
IBA criteria A3, B2
Area 66,384 ha
Altitude 600 - 2,764m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Macedonian Ecological Society (Affiliate)

Site description Cliffs, rocky gorges, mountains, woodland (deciduous and coniferous), and alpine pastures. Land-uses include cattle-grazing and forestry.

Key Biodiversity Other breeding species include Circaetus gallicus (1 pair), Aquila clanga/A. pomarina (1 pair), Hieraaetus pennatus (possibly 1-2 pairs), Falco biarmicus (1 pair), F. peregrinus (2-3 pairs), Bonasa bonasia, Caprimulgus europaeus, Alcedo atthis, Dryocopus martius, and possibly Dendrocopos leucotos, Dendrocopos medius and Picoides tridactylus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  2006  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  2005  8-15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  2005  50-150 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  2005  10-20 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  2005  10-30 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  2005  10-50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland  49%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  2%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  4%
Other   1%
Shrubland Heathland  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA covered by National Park (Mavrovo).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: River Radika catchment. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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