|Central coordinates||21o 9.00' East 47o 10.00' North|
|IBA criteria||C1, C3, C6|
|Altitude||84 - 86m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2002|
Ornithological information 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).
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.
|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 area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Dévaványa környéki gyepek - HUKM20014||Habitats Directive||14,027||protected area overlaps with site||6,991|
|Dévaványai-sk - HUKM10003||Birds Directive||25,214||protected area contained by site||25,214|
|Hortobágy-Berettyó - HUKM20015||Habitats Directive||3,079||protected area contained by site||3,079|
|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 landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||70%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||20%|
Management considerations The conservation authority runs a farming business within the National Park, and is therefore able to minimize the threat posed to Otis tarda by mechanical cultivation. Drainage and drought threaten wetlands, whilst farmland habitats could be lost if agriculture were to become economically viable. Two artificially flooded meadows provide habitat for waders, and there is a management plan dating from the late 1970s.
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 (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ecseg Pusztas of Dévaványa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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