Vilajchai valley

Country/territory: Azerbaijan

IBA criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 1,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
Broadleaved forests with bushes and scrub in the valley of the Vilajchai river, which flows eastwards from the Talysh mountains.

Key biodiversity
An important area for endemic subspecies of Phasianus colchicus˜ P. c. talishensis (25+ pairs). Significant proportion (³1%) of national population breeding at site: Ciconia nigra (2+ pairs). Other breeding species include Milvus migrans (common), Aquila pomarina and Hieraeetus pennatus, Alcedo atthis (very common), Coracias garrulus (common), woodpeckers and passerines. Milvus milvus is extremely rare in winter, Falco cherrug a rare winter visitor.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Vilajchai valley. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.