Absheron archipelago (north) and Pirallahi bay

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1996-2004 125-500 individuals B1i
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1996-2004 4,109-12,750 individuals B1i, B3
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula LC winter 1996-2004 642-7,156 individuals B1i
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus LC winter 1996-2004 15-376 individuals B1i
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1996-2004 9,500-23,177 individuals B1i
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans LC breeding 1996-1998 100-7,950 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 1996-2004 25,000-35,000 individuals A4iii

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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Apsheron Nature Sanctuary or Partial Reserve 815 protected area contained by site 815
Absheron National Park National Park 784 protected area contained by site 784


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches, Rock stacks and islets -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Absheron archipelago (north) and Pirallahi bay. Downloaded from on 12/04/2021.