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Location Russia (European), Kabardino-Balkarskaya Republic
Central coordinates 42o 43.07' East  43o 40.10' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, B2
Area 22,750 ha
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  2006  600-800 breeding pairs  medium  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus resident  2006  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2007  1 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Endangered 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2006-2007  7-10 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus resident  2006-2007  15-25 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2007 high favourable negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Aquila heliaca Eastern Imperial Eagle 7 7 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aegypius monachus Cinereous Vulture 15 15 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 1 0 breeding pairs 0 not assessed

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Prielbrus'e National Park 100,400 protected area overlaps with site 1,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   40%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  28%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  2%
Rocky areas   30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 10%
forestry 40%
hunting 90%
nature conservation and research 10%
not utilised 40%

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: Malka river ravine. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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