|Central coordinates||49o 30.00' East 39o 50.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Ornithological information A total of about 5,500-6,000 pairs of seabird breed; 4,000+ on Pelikanyi, 1,000+ on Baburyi, 300 on Los. Gulls in 1989 included 28 pairs of Larus melanocephalus (the only colony in the Caspian Sea) and other breeding terns in the same year were Gelochelidon nilotica (75 pairs; first recorded breeding in Azerbaijan), Sterna hirundo (1,000+ pairs) and S. albifrons (25 pairs). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Branta ruficollis (vagrant, probably a common migrant formerly).
Site description The Pirsagat islands (six main limestone ones and many smaller rocks) form part of the Baku archipelago (which also includes the volcanic Los island) and extend as a chain from the Cape of Pirsagat into the Caspian Sea. They are rented by the Hunters' Society of Azerbaijan. There was formerly oil-drilling on Los island.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus||winter||-||500-1,000 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola||breeding||1989||80-90 breeding pairs||-||A4i, B1i, B2||Least Concern|
|Slender-billed Gull Larus genei||breeding||1989||550 breeding pairs||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis||breeding||1989||4,000 breeding pairs||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Rock stacks and islets||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations Threats come from egg-collection, disturbance caused to breeding birds by fishermen, hunting (autumn) and pollution from the oil industry.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pirsagat Islands and Los Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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