Kozhuf mountain and Boshava river

Country/territory: North Macedonia

IBA Criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 20,000 ha

Protection status:

Macedonian Ecological Society

Site description
A mountainous area with alpine pastures, cliffs, rocky hillsides, bare and eroded land, coniferous woodland (Pinus nigra, P. sylvestris, Abies alba), and Fagus woodland. Land-uses include forestry and cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species include Ciconia nigra (2-3 pairs), Pernis apivorus (1-3 pairs), Gypaetus barbatus (1 pair), Aquila pomarina (1 pair), A. chrysaetos (3 pairs), Hieraaetus fasciatus (1 pair), Falco peregrinus (1 pair), Bonasa bonasia, Alectoris graeca, and possibly Aegolius funereus, Coracias garrulus, Dendrocopos leucotos and Picoides tridactylus. Small flocks of Falco eleonorae also occur during the summer.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kozhuf mountain and Boshava river. Downloaded from on 17/01/2021.