River Pchinja-river Petroshnica-river Kriva Reka

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 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
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca NT resident 2007 10-100 breeding pairs A3
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 2007 5-6 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 2005 4-10 breeding pairs B2
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus LC breeding 2007 5-7 breeding pairs B2
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 2007 3-4 breeding pairs A1, B2
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus LC breeding 2007 4-10 breeding pairs B2
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU resident 2010 5-6 breeding pairs A1, B2
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2006 10-30 breeding pairs A1, B2
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus LC breeding 2007 2-3 breeding pairs B2
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 2007 5-20 breeding pairs A3, B2
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum LC breeding - present A3
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC breeding - present A3
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer LC breeding - present A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 2007 30-200 breeding pairs A3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding - present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ploce Litotelmi Strog priroden rezervat 23 protected area contained by site 0
Orashac Zastiteni podracja koi seuste ne se revidirani 3 protected area contained by site 0
Kuklica Kratovo Spomenik na prirodata 55 protected area contained by site 0
Dab, s.Orashac Designated area not yet reviewed 0 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland, Native coniferous woodland -
Other -
Grassland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: River Pchinja-river Petroshnica-river Kriva Reka. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.