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Location Russia (European), Adygeya Republic,Krasnodarski kray
Central coordinates 40o 22.30' East  44o 4.72' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 3,400 ha
Altitude 500 - 2,368m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  1987  50 individuals  medium  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi resident  2007  20-30 males only  good  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2007  20-30 males only  good  A1  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  2007  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Krueper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi breeding  2007  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria breeding  2007  2-3 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata breeding  2007  200-300 breeding pairs  good  A1  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeding  2007  10-30 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 high not assessed negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) very rapid to severe deterioration low
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Gypaetus barbatus Bearded Vulture 1 1 breeding pairs 100 not assessed
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 1 0 breeding pairs 0 not assessed
Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture 5 2 individuals 40 not assessed

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  89%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  7%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  1%
Rocky areas   2%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 20%
forestry 60%
hunting 15%
tourism/recreation 4%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

Acknowledgements The identification of IBAs and information collected between 1980 and 2009 provided by the IBA network of the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU).

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

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