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Location Romania, Tulcea
Central coordinates 29o 7.10' East  45o 1.68' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 248 ha
Altitude 2 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description A shallow brackish lake with a maximum depth of 1.5 m. The water-level and lake area varies considerably depending upon the amount of rainfall. Along the western shore there is a narrow fringe of reed Phragmites. Natural grassland, agricultural land and human settlements surround the IBA.

Key Biodiversity This is an important wintering site for Anatidae and is also a breeding site for waders including Himantopus himantopus and Recurvirostra avosetta. Passage species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Pelecanus crispus and Aythya nyroca.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1990-2006  6,000-9,200 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis winter  1990-2006  700-2,500 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Endangered 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1990-2006  2,000-3,000 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Endangered 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  1990-2006  120-130 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera passage  1990-2006  800-1,360 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1990-2006  120-163 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1990-2006  250-270 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia passage  1990-2006  190-310 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides passage  1990-2006  234-490 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  1990-2006  630-900 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1990-2006  42-77 individuals  good  C1, C2, C6  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  660-800 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  1990-2006  14-28 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1990-2006  24-40 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Himantopus himantopus passage  1990-2006  340 individuals  good  C2  Not Recognised 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1990-2006  38-74 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  1990-2006  12-14 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  450-3,000 individuals  good  C1, C3  Near Threatened 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1990-2006  24-55 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola passage  1990-2006  200-320 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus passage  1990-2006  1,800-2,600 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons passage  1990-2006  400 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida passage  1990-2006  2,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 98%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Beibugeac (Plopu). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/07/2015

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