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Location Azerbaijan, Akstafa,Kazakh
Central coordinates 45o 10.00' East  41o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description The reserve is bounded to the north by the Tbilisi-Baku railway, and to the south by the Kura waterway. Tugai forest in Kura valley, with Populus, Salix, Morus, etc. and, above valley, Quercus, Pistacia and Morus. There are also pastures, arable land, temporary islands.

Key Biodiversity Over 70 species (c.50 passerines) recorded in reserve. Breeding species include Ardea cinerea, Ciconia nigra, Pernis apivorus, Buteo buteo, Aquila pomarina, Phasianus colchicus, Sterna albifrons, Columba oenas, Strix aluco and Picus viridis. Coturnix coturnix and Gallinago gallinago are numerous on passage.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  3-4 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Karayazi goryhy Zapovednik 4,900 protected area contained by site 4,900  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Protection status National Partial International None4,900 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Karayazi goryhy, 4,900 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Karayazi forest. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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