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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 46.55' East  41o 15.97' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 23,900 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 4,142m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description Forested Caucasus Mountain located in the middle reaches of the basin of Samur river, near the border with Azerbaijan.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  2001-2006  10-20 breeding pairs  poor  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  2001-2006  40-120 breeding pairs  medium  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus non-breeding  1997  20 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  2001-2006  3-6 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus non-breeding  2001-2004  1-3 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  2001-2006  200-300 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  2001-2006  30-40 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus resident  2001-2006  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  2001-2006  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  2001-2006  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla resident  2001-2006  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 high near favourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Forest   0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   100%
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland   -

Land use

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

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: Bazarduyzi and Shalbuzdag alpine mountains. Downloaded from on 27/11/2014

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