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Location Serbia, Voivodina-Banat
Central coordinates 20o 25.00' East  45o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 9,300 ha
Altitude 75 - 85m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)



Site description An inundation area between the Tisa and Begej rivers in the western part of Backa, south-west of the town of Zrenjanin. Habitats include pools, fish-ponds, meadows and willow/poplar Salix/Populus woodland. Includes Carska bara, Tiganjica, Perleska bara and Eèka fish-pond. Human activities include reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1996  30-40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Garganey Spatula querquedula breeding  1997  80-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina breeding  1997  200-300 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1997  30-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis breeding  1996  400-600 breeding pairs  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1997  200-400 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1997  70-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris resident  1997  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1997  200-300 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1997  90-100 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1997  150-200 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba resident  1997  70-100 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus winter  1996  50,000-80,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster breeding  1997  50-80 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  1997  10-12 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides breeding  1997  200-300 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1996  20-40 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1996  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Prokop Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 1,676  
Stari Begej - Carska Bara Special Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,767 protected area contained by site 1,767  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  65%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
forestry 10%
hunting 50%
nature conservation and research 30%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management -
other -

Protection status National Partial International Partial1,676 ha of IBA covered by Special Nature Reserve (Stari Begej-Carska Bara, 1,676 ha). 1,767 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Stari Begej/Carska Bara Special Nature Reserve, 1,767 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Carska bara. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014

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