|Central coordinates||46o 40.00' East 41o 44.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||630 - 3,648m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description An area on the southern slope of the main Caucasian ridge (Great Caucasus). All the high-altitude vegetation zones are well defined, from broadleaved forest (mainly of Fagus, also Quercus, Carpinus, Acer, etc.) to alpine meadows. The relief is mountainous with deep chasms.
Key Biodiversity This IBA has a diverse upland avifauna (104 species recorded), including at least three of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome, as well as (e.g.) several raptors (Gypaetus barbatus, Accipiter brevipes, Aquila chrysaetos, Otus scops, Bubo bubo, etc.), Alectoris chukar, Coturnix coturnix, woodpeckers, and many passerines, among which are Cinclus cinclus, Phoenicurus erythrogaster and Turdus torquatus. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi||resident||-||300 breeding pairs||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus||resident||-||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis||resident||-||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Zakataly goryhy||Zapovednik||23,800||protected area contained by site||23,800|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|info avialable at AOS||1980|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland||67%|
|Grassland||Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland||28%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National High International None23,800 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Zakataly goryhy, 23,800 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zakataly. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2014
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