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Location Russia (European), Kabardino-Balkarskaya Republic
Central coordinates 43o 14.15' East  43o 3.78' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 107,500 ha
Altitude 676 - 5,201m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Site description The upper reaches of the Rivers Cherek Balkarski, Cherek Bizengiyski, and Chegem, with forests and meadows (mainly high mountain zones; several 5,000-m peaks in the Bokovoy range) in a rugged landscape with deep ravines, etc.

Key Biodiversity Based on data published in the previous European IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989), the site is important for Tetrao mlokosiewiczi. Other breeding species include Tetraogallus sp. and Alectoris chukar.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  1990  3,000  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  1990  3 breeding pairs  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1990  4-6  B2  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1990  10  B2  Near Threatened 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1990  3,000  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1990  2,500  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1990  50-100  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1990  2,500  A3  Least Concern 
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla resident  1990  500-1,000  A3, B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 not assessed near favourable medium
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Aquila heliaca Eastern Imperial Eagle 5 5 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 4 3 breeding pairs 75 near favourable
Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 10 7 breeding pairs 70 near favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kabardino-Balkarsky Zapovednik 81,507 protected area contained by site 81,507  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  7%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  16%
Other   33%
Shrubland   1%
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  33%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation 10%
nature conservation and research 100%

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 A.D.Lipkovich

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kabardino-Balkarski Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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