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Location Serbia, Kosovo and Metohia-Metohia
Central coordinates 20o 10.00' East  42o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3
Area 106,661 ha
Altitude 460 - 2,656m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description Mainly a limestone massif comprising a number of peaks over 2,000 m, surrounded by the towns of Djakovica, Pec and Kosovska Mitrovica. Alpine vegetation occurs at high altitude; coniferous, mixed and broadleaved forests (spruce Picea, pine Pinus, maple Acer, beech Fagus, oak Quercus and chestnut Castanea) are present at lower levels.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for a variety of breeding raptors and other upland species, including four of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane (alpine) biome. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca resident  1996-1998  150-200 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997-2008  6-7 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996-1998  4-6 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1996-1998  50-80 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo resident  1996-1998  15-20 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1996-1998  1,000-1,500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996-1998  100-130 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996-1998  10-12 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus resident  1996-1998  500-700 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis resident  1996-1998  10-15 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris resident  1996-1998  60-70 breeding pairs  good  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  10%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Dry siliceous grassland; Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  25%
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
forestry 60%
hunting 80%
nature conservation and research 5%
not utilised 20%

Protection status National Low International NoneIBA overlaps with a few small protected areas (unknown type).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Prokletije. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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