|Central coordinates||50o 20.00' East 40o 28.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2005|
Site description The territory presents water area size of 150000 ha and includes two big islands - Pirallahy and Jilov, some small islands like Boyuk and Kichik Tava, Yal, Koltish, Gu, Garabatdag and a scores of different very small islands. The old oil platforms in the sea is very important place for breeding of different species of birds.
Key Biodiversity Breeding birds include Tadorna ferruginea, Porphyrio porphyrio, Larus cachinnans, Sterna hirundo and (unconfirmed) S. sandvicensis. Wintering area for 2,000-3,000 wildfowl, notably Cygnus cygnus, also Aythya fuligula, A. marila, A. ferina, Bucephala clangula and Fulica atra. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Circus macrourus (3-6 winter).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||winter||1996-2005||125-500 individuals||medium||B1i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Sea||Sea inlets and coastal features||50%|
|Coastline||Rock stacks and islets; Sand dunes & beaches||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: There is a farm of Hunting & Fishing Society. Local people use the motor boats for fishing.|
|Notes: There are big oil fields on two islands (Pirallahi and Jilov) and a lot of oil derricks onshore and offshore. Both islands are inhabited. There is a base of oil and fish fleet at the dam of Pirallahi island.|
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Absheron archipelago (north) and Pirallahi bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014
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