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Location Russia (European), Dagestan Republic
Central coordinates 47o 19.92' East  43o 18.22' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 9,100 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  2-3 breeding pairs  good  A1  Vulnerable 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax breeding  2006  20 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax passage  2006  1,000 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2006  10 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2006 medium not assessed negligible
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species direct mortality of trigger species - hunting and trapping happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

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


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Shrubland   10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  35%
Desert Semidesert  40%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Standing freshwater  6%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Ruderal land  11%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
rangeland/pastureland 80%
hunting 90%
urban/industrial/transport 1%

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: Lower reaches of Sulak river. Downloaded from on 27/11/2014

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