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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic
Central coordinates 42o 18.00' East  43o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 16,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2006  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2006  3-5 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   25%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  45%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  3%
Rocky areas   25%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  2%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 40%
forestry 25%
fisheries/aquaculture 3%
tourism/recreation 10%
urban/industrial/transport 2%
not utilised 30%

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 (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sources of the Podkumok river. Downloaded from on 17/09/2014

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