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Location Azerbaijan, Lachin
Central coordinates 46o 25.00' East  39o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,800m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Low mountains of Karabakh ridge and Karabakh upland. More than half the site is covered by Juniperus forests, and there is mountain steppe in the north. The main land-use is sheep-grazing.

Key Biodiversity Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca, Falco naumanni, Tetrao mlokosiewiczi. Ciconia ciconia and C. nigra, at least 14 raptor species and Alectoris chukar (very common) also breed. Milvus milvus is a very rare summer visitor and Gypaetus barbatus possibly breeds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  5 breeding pairs  A1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
NAT AZ024 Game Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lachin area. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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