Lachin area

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Low mountains of Karabakh ridge and Karabakh upland. More than half the site is covered by Juniperus forests, and there is mountain steppe in the north. The main land-use is sheep-grazing.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca, Falco naumanni, Tetrao mlokosiewiczi. Ciconia ciconia and C. nigra, at least 14 raptor species and Alectoris chukar (very common) also breed. Milvus milvus is a very rare summer visitor and Gypaetus barbatus possibly breeds.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include intensive grazing, poaching and tree-felling. The area was probably damaged as a result of the war with Armenia (`Other' threat). The game reserve was established primarily to protect wild goat Capra aegagrus.

Protected areas
National Partial International NoneIBA partly covered by Game Reserve.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lachin area. Downloaded from on 16/10/2021.