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Location Azerbaijan, Lerik,Yardymly
Central coordinates 48o 15.00' East  38o 50.00' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 15,000 ha
Altitude 500 - 2,500m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Azerbaijan Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Semi-arid plateaus and mountains near the Iranian border with some broadleaved forests. The area, which has a high population density, was formerly part of the border zone, with all land-uses prohibited, but there is now intensive sheep-grazing and some forestry.

Key Biodiversity Among other breeding raptors at this site are Circaetus gallicus, Buteo rufinus, Aquila chrysaetos and Bubo bubo. Alectoris chukar and Perdix perdix also breed, as do passerines such as Phoenicurus erythrogaster, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Carpospiza brachydactyla and Emberiza buchanani.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  15 breeding pairs  B2  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  15 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
NAT AZ042 Game Reserve 0 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -

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

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

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