Korchai area

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA criteria met: A1, B2 (2000)
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Area: 15,000 ha

Site description (2000 baseline)
The area consists of semi-desert plains with low hills, low arid mountains, scrub along rivers, and a reservoir. Land-uses include sheep-grazing, agriculture in river valleys, and oil prospecting.

Key biodiversity
Breeding species: Tadorna ferruginea (10-15 pairs), Buteo rufinus (3 pairs), Alectoris chukar (150 pairs), Pterocles orientalis (very rare). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus (non-breeding visitor throughout the year), Falco naumanni (breeds), Otis tarda (winter visitor: 2-5, not annual). Aquila nipalensis occurs, with 3-4 wintering and some tens passing through; Anthropoides virgo is rare on migration.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Korchai area. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.