River Crna gorge

Country/territory: North Macedonia

IBA criteria met: A1, B2 (2001)
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Area: 40,000 ha

Macedonian Ecological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
A gorge with cliffs, scrub and woodland (including Fagus and Quercus), bare and eroded land, an artificial lake without vegetation, and grazing pasture. Land-uses include hunting, fishing, and cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species include Ciconia nigra (2-3 pairs), Buteo rufinus (1 pair), Aquila chrysaetos (4-7 pairs), Hieraaetus pennatus (1 pair), H. fasciatus (1 pair), Falco biarmicus (1-2 pairs), F. peregrinus (2-3 pairs), Bonasa bonasia, Alectoris graeca and Coracias garrulus. Gypaetus barbatus (1), Aegypius monachus (2) and Aquila heliaca (2-3) also occur.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Crna gorge. Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.