Lake Gey Gel

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2000)
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Area: 7,131 ha

Site description
An area of forest (in main reserve of 6,739 ha: Quercus, Fagus, Carpinus, etc.), subalpine and alpine meadows, with mountain lakes, rivers and springs, on the deeply incised slopes of Mount Kyapaz (3,065 m) in the north-eastern Murovdag range (Little Caucasus).

Key biodiversity
Over 50 species breed, including 35 in the forest zone. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus. Other breeding vulture species are Gypaetus barbatus, Neophron percnopterus and Gyps fulvus. The subalpine and alpine zones support at least four of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome, as well as Alectoris chukar, Anthus spinoletta, Serinus pusillus, Carduelis flavirostris, Carpodacus erythrinus, among others.

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Gey Gel. Downloaded from on 07/10/2022.