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Location Azerbaijan, Ismailly
Central coordinates 48o 10.00' East  40o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 5,778 ha
Altitude 600 - 2,250m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description The reserve lies on the southern slope of the Great Caucasus. Broadleaved forest (Fagus, Carpinus, Quercus, etc.) predominates, with only 227 ha of subalpine meadows. All land-uses are prohibited.

Key Biodiversity Over 100 species typical of upland forests have been recorded. Breeding birds include raptors, Coracias garrulus and woodpeckers, Dryocopus martius being rare.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  15-20 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2 breeding pairs  A1  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2008 low unfavourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Forest   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 goryhy Zapovednik 5,800 protected area contains site 5,778  

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 Broadleaved deciduous woodland  87%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Protection status National High International None5,778 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Ismailly goryhy, 5,778 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ismailly area. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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