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Location Russia (European), Severnaya Osetiya Republic
Central coordinates 43o 41.18' East  42o 52.82' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2, B3
Area 55,000 ha
Altitude 1,700 - 4,909m
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  1999  1,000 individuals  medium  A1, A2, A3, B2  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  1999  1,300 individuals  medium  A2, A3, B3  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1999  4 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1999  3,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1999  500 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1999  50 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1999  3,000 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla resident  1999  500-800 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 low favourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Forest   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Grassland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Rocky areas   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Alania National Park 54,900 is identical to site 55,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   13%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  60%
Rocky areas   50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 30%
tourism/recreation 50%
nature conservation and research 100%

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: Alaniya National Park. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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