IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2004 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
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix LC resident 1994-2004 50-75 males C6
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1994-2004 100-130 breeding pairs C1
Great Snipe Gallinago media NT breeding 1994-2004 10-15 breeding pairs C6
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina LC breeding 1994-2004 38-40 breeding pairs B2, C6
White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos LC resident 1994-2004 10-20 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2004).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Kuja Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 10,788 is identical to site 10,759
Kuja Dabas parks 10,790 is identical to site 10,788
Kuja Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 10,788 is identical to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Highly improved re-seeded landscapes -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kuja. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.