Mount Kargabazar and Mount Gush-gaya

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2000)
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Area: 3,000 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 high unfavourable negligible
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Site description
An area of low, rocky mountains in the semi-desert of Gobustan upland. Land-uses include intensive sheep-grazing and some oil exploration.

Key biodiversity
Notable breeding species: Tadorna ferruginea (5+ pairs, 10-12 km from nearest water-body), Falco biarmicus (1 pair formerly bred; only site in USSR), Apus melba (20-25 pairs, only colony in Gobustan upland), Merops superciliosus. Among very common passerines are Oenanthe isabellina, O. finschii and Sitta neumayer.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Kargabazar and Mount Gush-gaya. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.