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Location Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central coordinates 17o 37.00' East  43o 3.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 7,411 ha
Altitude 3 - 432m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Site description Areas of open water with extensive stands of emergent vegetation (Phragmites, Scirpus), wet meadows, riverine and water-edge forests (Salix, Populus, Alnus), and degraded Quercus and Carpinus woodland on high ground. Human activities include fishing and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  2007-2010  15-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  2007-2010  52-229 individuals  good  A1  Near Threatened 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  2007-2010  20-31 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2007-2010  573-855 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hutovo Blato Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 7,411 is identical to site 7,411  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International NoneIBA covered by Ornithological Reserve.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hutovo blato. Downloaded from on 24/09/2014

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