|Central coordinates||46o 29.00' East 41o 27.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|Altitude||100 - 500m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information 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).
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina||breeding||-||12-15 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca||breeding||-||8-10 breeding pairs||-||A1||Vulnerable|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Zaqatala branch of Azerbaijan Ornithological Society||1980|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Threatened by illegal tree-felling (`Other' threat).
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Alazani river valley. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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