Samurski ridge

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus LC resident 1998 30-50 A2, A3
Chukar Alectoris chukar LC resident 1998 200-250 B2
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi NT resident 1998 15-20 A2, A3
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus NT resident 1996 8-25 A1, B2
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus LC resident 1998 50-60 A3
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris LC resident 1998 60-70 A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 near favourable medium negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population medium

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Tetraogallus caucasicus Caucasian Snowcock 30 30 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi Caucasian Grouse 15 12 breeding pairs 80 near favourable
Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle 1 1 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) No management planning has taken place Some limited conservation initiatives are in place negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland, Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Standing freshwater -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
not utilised -
rangeland/pastureland -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Samurski ridge. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.