Karayazi forest

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA criteria met: A1 (2000)
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Area: 10,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
The reserve is bounded to the north by the Tbilisi-Baku railway, and to the south by the Kura waterway. Tugai forest in Kura valley, with Populus, Salix, Morus, etc. and, above valley, Quercus, Pistacia and Morus. There are also pastures, arable land, temporary islands.

Key biodiversity
Over 70 species (c.50 passerines) recorded in reserve. Breeding species include Ardea cinerea, Ciconia nigra, Pernis apivorus, Buteo buteo, Aquila pomarina, Phasianus colchicus, Sterna albifrons, Columba oenas, Strix aluco and Picus viridis. Coturnix coturnix and Gallinago gallinago are numerous on passage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Karayazi forest. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.