High mountains of the Little Caucasus (including Mount Kukudag, 3,120 m) with alpine meadows, ravines, precipices, etc. and the Bichenek high-altitude forest. Land-uses include sheep- and cattle-grazing, and mining.
The alpine and subalpine zones support at least one 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. Other breeding raptors include Gypaetus barbatus, Gyps fulvus, Neophron percnopterus, Aquila chrysaetos (possibly breeds) and Bubo bubo.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shahbuz area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/01/2023.