River Crna gorge

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC breeding 2001 4-6 breeding pairs B2
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 2001 6-8 breeding pairs B2
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus LC breeding 2001 6-9 breeding pairs B2
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU winter 2001 4-6 individuals A1
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC breeding 2001 4-5 breeding pairs B2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 2001 200-300 individuals A1

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
forestry -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Crna gorge. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.