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Location Serbia, Central Serbia,Voivodina-Banat
Central coordinates 21o 16.00' East  44o 49.00' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 6,488 ha
Altitude 68 - 282m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (Affiliate)

Site description A section of the Danube flood-plain, situated at the entrance to Ðerdap gorge in the south-east Pannonian lowlands. Natural forests (willow Salix, poplar Populus, ash Fraxinus, oak Quercus), extensive Populus plantations, wet meadows and marsh, and dry grassland are present. There is heavy boat traffic on the Danube.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds, regularly holding 60,000-100,000 individuals during winter and migration periods. This is also believed to be an important area for migrating storks˜during autumn migration in 1985, 2,000 Ciconia ciconia and 100 C. nigra were counted over five days from part of the site˜and also raptors, but further data on numbers are needed. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (resident) and Crex crex (5-10 breeding pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  2000-2008  min 10,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  2000-2008  min 4,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  2000-2008  min 27,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  2000-2008  min 11,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  2000-2008  min 6,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  2000-2008  min 2,100 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  2004-2008  40-80 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Sand Martin Riparia riparia breeding  2000-2008  10,000-15,000 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2000-2008  20,000-60,000 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 very high not assessed low

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Labudovo okno Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,733 protected area contained by site 3,733  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest; Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Wooded steppe  20%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands; Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Ruderal land; Urban parks and gardens  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 30%
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
forestry 30%
hunting 80%
tourism/recreation 5%
urban/industrial/transport 5%
water management 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Labudovo okno. Downloaded from on 14/10/2015

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