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Location Hungary, Bács-Kiskun,Pest
Central coordinates 19o 15.00' East  46o 49.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C6
Area 44,339 ha
Altitude 94 - 124m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description A flood-plain lying between natural levees and overlain by loess soils, situated adjacent to the River Danube and main Duna-völgyi canal between Kiskunlacháza and Szakmár. Human activities include cattle- and sheep-grazing, arable farming, angling and hunting. This area includes two sites that were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Kiskunsági szikes-tavak' (former site HU021) and `Harta-Akasztói puszta' (former site HU042).

Key Biodiversity An important area for lowland farmland birds and waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus and Branta ruficollis (both on passage), Aythya nyroca (6 breeding pairs), and Haliaeetus albicilla (2 breeding pairs and 4 wintering birds).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  2001  10-20 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2001  300-350 individuals  unknown  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  2001  25-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C1, C6  Least Concern 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  2001  25-30 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Not Recognised 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  2001  5-25 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2001  40-50 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor breeding  2001  80-200 breeding pairs  unknown  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kiskunság Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 3,903 protected area contained by site 3,903  
Kiskunság Biosphere Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 22,095 protected area overlaps with site 0  
Kiskunsági National Park 51,364 protected area overlaps with site 21,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  40%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Highly improved re-seeded landscapes  55%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
nature conservation and research 60%
tourism/recreation 5%
water management 5%

Protection status National Partial International Partial21,200 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kiskunsági, 53,429 ha). 3,903 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Kiskunság, 3,903 ha). The IBA also overlaps with the Kiskunság Biosphere Reserve (22,095 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Alkaline pusztas of Upper Kiskunság. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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