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Location Romania, Muntenia
Central coordinates 23o 30.81' East  43o 51.33' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 27,482 ha
Altitude 23 - 37m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description A natural lake situated near to the Danube river, and supplied by the Desnatui and Baboia rivers. There is limited aquatic vegetation; mudflats occur in neighbouring marshy areas. The lake is managed for pisciculture.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1990-2006  25-34 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1990-2006  75 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1990-2006  34-41 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1990-2006  180-211 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1990-2006  120-166 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1990-2006  400-450 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1990-2006  20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1990-2006  50 breeding pairs  good  C2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1990-2006  31-59 individuals  good  C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  240 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1990-2006  1,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1990-2006  1,500 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  4,500-6,000 individuals  good  C1, C3  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
BistreÅ Birds Directive 1,915 protected area contained by site 1,915  
Ciuperceni - Desa - ROSCI0039 Habitats Directive 40,853 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
ConfluenÅ Birds Directive 21,996 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
Coridorul Jiului - ROSCI0045 Habitats Directive 71,394 protected area overlaps with site 15,263  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   15%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  85%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 15%
fisheries/aquaculture 85%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bistreţ. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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