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Location Azerbaijan, Kazakh
Central coordinates 45o 26.00' East  41o 8.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 200 ha
Altitude 200 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description This site is close to Karayazi forest (IBA 005). The area contains the last remaining tugai forest on the banks of the River Akstafa, a right-bank tributary of the Kura river. Main land-uses are firewood-collection (`Other' land-use) and tourism. There is also some sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (visits the site throughout the year from IBA 005, but probably does not breed). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Aquila pomarina (1 pair, possibly more). Alcedo atthis and Coracias garrulus are very common breeding birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 


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

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Akstafa-chai valley. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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