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Location Hungary, Békés,Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok
Central coordinates 21o 9.00' East  47o 10.00' North
IBA criteria C1, C3, C6
Area 28,697 ha
Altitude 84 - 86m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description An area of reclaimed marshland on the Great Plain, bordered by the River Berettyó in the east, the River Körös in the south, the Hortobágy-Berettyó Canal in the west, and the ó-Berettyó Canal in the north. Secondary saline grasslands and arable lands exist on poor soil. Human activities include cattle- and sheep-grazing, haymaking, goose-farming and arable farming.

Key Biodiversity An important area for farmland birds, associated with extensive forms of land-use, including the most significant local population of Otis tarda in Hungary. Daily maximum totals of between 1,500 and 2,000 Grus grus have been recorded migrating over the Hortobágy-Berettyó Canal. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4-12 wintering birds).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2001  350-370 individuals  unknown  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  2001  3,500 individuals  unknown  C3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Körös-Maros National Park 50,134 protected area overlaps with site 12,144  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
nature conservation and research 20%

Protection status National Partial International None12,144 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Körös-Maros, 42,636 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ecseg Pusztas of Dévaványa. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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