Ordubad area

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA criteria met: A3, B2 (2000)
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Area: 40,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
The wildest part of Nakhichevan: high mountains of the Zangezur ridge (including the highest peak, Mount Kapydjik, at 3,904 m) with rocky slopes, cliffs, ravines, alpine meadows. There are also low, semi-arid mountains and some areas of semi-desert. Land-uses include grazing (intensive), some agriculture and mining.

Key biodiversity
The alpine and subalpine zones support at least two of the 10 species in Europe that are restricted (when breeding) to the Eurasian high-montane biome. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aegypius monachus, Aquila heliaca (probably breeds), Falco naumanni. Raptors also breeding at this site include Gypaetus barbatus, Neophron percnopterus and Gyps fulvus. Among breeding passerines are Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Irania gutturalis and Bucanetes githagineus (B. mongolicus was also locally numerous in 1969-1970).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ordubad area. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.