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Location Azerbaijan, Gabala (Kutgashen),Oguz (Vartashen)
Central coordinates 47o 37.00' East  40o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 200 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Low mountains with Juniperus forests extending between the Turianchai and Gekchai rivers; there are also cliffs, ravines, etc. This site is situated close to IBA 010 (Turianchai).

Key Biodiversity Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Falco naumanni. Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Neophron percnopterus (5+ pairs). Other notable breeding birds: Circaetus gallicus, Buteo rufinus, Aquila pomarina and Bubo bubo.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  6-7 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  2-4 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  12-15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

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

Name Year formed
info avialable at AOS 2002


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  -
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

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

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gekchai Bozdag mountains. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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