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Location Azerbaijan, Belokany,Kakhi,Zakataly
Central coordinates 46o 29.00' East  41o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Patches of tugai forests with Populus, Salix, etc. in the Alazani river valley adjacent to the Georgian border. Land-uses include forestry and some cattle- and sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity This is a notable site for forest raptors, especially Aquila heliaca; with Accipiter brevipes probably breeding and Pandion haliaetus a rare visitor throughout the year. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (formerly bred, with probably 1 pair surviving). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (5-6 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  8-10 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  12-15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Zaqatala branch of Azerbaijan Ornithological Society 1980


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

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alazani river valley. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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