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Location Russia (European), Adygeya Republic,Krasnodarski kray,Stavropolski kray
Central coordinates 40o 19.00' East  43o 52.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3, B3
Area 280,335 ha
Altitude 200 - 3,346m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description This IBA is located in the western part of the main Caucasian ridge.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  1984  600  good  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1984  50  poor  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kavkazskiy Zapovednik UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 295,700 protected area overlaps with site 263,277  
Kavkazsky Zapovednik 280,335 is identical to site 280,335  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  62%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  21%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  1%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  16%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 99%

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 P.A.Tilba

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Caucasus Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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