Mount Giamysh

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
The highest peak of the Murovdag ridge (Little Caucasus). A mountainous area with some forests and bushes. The main land-uses are sheep- and cattle-grazing, and tourism.

Key biodiversity
The alpine and subalpine zones support at least three of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome. This is also a notable site for breeding raptors, including Gypaetus barbatus, Gyps fulvus, Neophron percnopterus, Aquila chrysaetos, Otus scops and Bubo bubo. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (breeds), Aquila heliaca (status uncertain; probably does not breed).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include intensive grazing and poaching. Some damage may have been caused by the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia (`Other' threat).

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Giamysh. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.