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Location Azerbaijan, Astara
Central coordinates 48o 42.00' East  38o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Broadleaved forests and scrub in the Astara-chai valley. When part of the Soviet Union, the area had been within the restricted border zone, requiring a special pass to enter (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina breeding  3 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  abundant [units unknown]  B3  Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Imamverdiyev Ali 2006


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Shrubland Scrub  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Astara-chai valley. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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