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Location Azerbaijan, Khizi
Central coordinates 48o 54.00' East  40o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 800 - 2,205m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Low mountains on the easternmost part of the Great Caucasus. Most of the site is forested and there are also areas of steppe and numerous small lakes.

Key Biodiversity A preliminary survey found more than 65 species, including 20 raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (2+ pairs), Falco naumanni (breeds), Tetrao mlokosiewiczi (very rare, possibly breeds), Crex crex (common on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Hieraaetus pennatus (6+ pairs). Aquila nipalensis is common on migration.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  6 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alty-Agach goryhy Zapovednik 4,400 protected area contained by site 4,400  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International None4,400 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Alty-Agach goryhy, 4,400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alty Agach area. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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