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Location Russia (European), Severnaya Osetiya Republic
Central coordinates 44o 26.48' East  42o 51.70' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 3,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 2,980m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  2007  1-2 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Endangered 

IBA Monitoring

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

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 Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  10%
Shrubland   6%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  60%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  3%
Rocky areas   20%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
rangeland/pastureland 20%
agriculture 20%
forestry 10%
fisheries/aquaculture 1%
hunting 100%
tourism/recreation 20%
urban/industrial/transport 1%
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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Valley of Gizel'don river. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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