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Location Azerbaijan, Ismailly,Kuba
Central coordinates 48o 7.00' East  41o 2.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 9,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 3,629m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description One of the four highest peaks of the Great Caucasus in Azerbaijan. Habitats include ravines, subalpine meadows, rock, mountain forests (on south-western slopes only). There are some abandoned orchards on the southern slopes. Part of the area is leased by the Hunters' Society of Azerbaijan.

Key Biodiversity The subalpine and alpine zones support at least two of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (3-4 pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Gypaetus barbatus (1+ pair), Neophron percnopterus (4-5 pairs), Gyps fulvus (8-10 pairs) and Bubo bubo (2+ pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  100 breeding pairs  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  common  A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  2 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2008 low unfavourable medium
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management plan exists but the management planning process has begun  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ismailly Game Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  

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

Name Year formed
Info avialable at AOS 2005


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland; Treeline ecotone  -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  -
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
agriculture -

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA partly covered by Game Reserve (Ismailly).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mount Babadag. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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