IBA criteria met: A1, B2 (2000)
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Area: 5,000 ha
Site description (baseline)
Patches of tugai forests with Populus, Salix, etc. in the Alazani river valley adjacent to the Georgian border. Land-uses include forestry and some cattle- and sheep-grazing.
This is a notable site for forest raptors, especially Aquila heliaca; with Accipiter brevipes probably breeding and Pandion haliaetus a rare visitor throughout the year. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (formerly bred, with probably 1 pair surviving). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (5-6 pairs).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Alazani river valley. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/148 on 08/06/2023.