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Location Ukraine, Odessa
Central coordinates 29o 7.00' East  45o 23.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Ukranian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A stretch of the River Danube, near Kiliya town, that does not freeze in winter.

Key Biodiversity The total number of waterbirds that stage here on migration is nearly 40,000.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1992  20,000 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1999  300-3,500 individuals  unknown  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1999  10-30 breeding pairs  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1999  30-80 breeding pairs  unknown  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus non-breeding  1999  200-2,000 individuals  unknown  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1999  30-140 breeding pairs  unknown  A1, A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1992  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  5%
Shrubland   5%
Grassland Humid grasslands; Mesophile grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: River Danube. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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