Eastern Caucasus

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus LC resident 1998 common A2, A3
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi NT resident 1998 common A1, A2, A3
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 1998 frequent A1
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 1998 6 breeding pairs B2
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1998 common B2
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 1998 uncommon A1
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus NT resident 1998 10 breeding pairs B2
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1998 35 breeding pairs B2
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca VU resident 1998 2 breeding pairs A1
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC resident 1998 14 breeding pairs B2
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina LC breeding 1998 18 breeding pairs B2
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius LC resident 1998 40 breeding pairs B3
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor LC breeding 1998 15 breeding pairs B2
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus LC resident 1998 abundant A3
Mountain Chiffchaff Phylloscopus sindianus LC breeding 1998 frequent A2
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria LC resident 1998 uncommon A3
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata LC breeding 1998 5 breeding pairs B2
White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogastrus LC resident 1998 uncommon B2
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris LC resident 1998 common A3
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis LC resident 1998 frequent A3
Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla LC resident 1998 uncommon A3, B2

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Lagodekhi ნაკრძალი 17,932 protected area contained by site 17,818
Kazbegi Nature Reserve 8,922 protected area contained by site 8,707
Akhmeta Nature Reserve 16,297 protected area contained by site 16,297


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic) Caves -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eastern Caucasus. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.