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Location Russia (European), Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic
Central coordinates 42o 20.57' East  43o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 11,850 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 breeding  2007  present  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus breeding  2007  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca breeding  2007  4-6 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium not assessed negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale 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%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Some of site covered (10-49%)  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)  
Khasautskiy Zakaznik 18,600 protected area overlaps with site 3,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   20%
Shrubland   5%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  65%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams  7%
Rocky areas   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 30%
forestry 20%
hunting 25%
tourism/recreation 5%
nature conservation and research 25%
not utilised 50%

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: Sources of Khudes river. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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