Alty Agach area This is an IBA in Danger! 

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
Low mountains on the easternmost part of the Great Caucasus. Most of the site is forested and there are also areas of steppe and numerous small lakes.

Key biodiversity
A preliminary survey found more than 65 species, including 20 raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (2+ pairs), Falco naumanni (breeds), Tetrao mlokosiewiczi (very rare, possibly breeds), Crex crex (common on passage). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Hieraaetus pennatus (6+ pairs). Aquila nipalensis is common on migration.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats probably include illegal tree-cutting and firewood-collection. Alty-Agach Zapovednik was established in 1990. Few field studies have been carried out at the site.

Protected areas
National Partial International None4,400 ha of IBA covered by Zapovednik (Alty-Agach goryhy, 4,400 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Alty Agach area. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.