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Location Austria, Burgenland
Central coordinates 16o 58.00' East  47o 57.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, C1, C6
Area 27,856 ha
Altitude 160 - 170m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description The area is a large, flat, shingle terrace with a thin loess deposit, situated to the north-east of Lake Neusiedl. It is predominantly agricultural with some forestry plantations, interspersed with numerous gravel-pits. Remnants of extensively grazed pastures and the original oak Quercus forests exist.

Key Biodiversity An important site for birds associated with arable agriculture. It is one of five areas in Austria for Otis tarda.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  2004-2005  8 breeding pairs  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug breeding  2004-2005  2-3 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  2004  4-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  2005  3 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Great Bustard Otis tarda resident  2009  250  good  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus resident  1997-2005  2-16 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris breeding  2004-2005  11-23 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high unfavourable not assessed

Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Artificial - terrestrial   0 0 good (> 90%) poor (40-69%) unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zurndorfer Eichenwald und Hutweide Nature Reserve 150 protected area contained by site 70  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   10%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations; Ruderal land  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

Protection status National Low International None70 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Zurndorfer Eichenwald, 70 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Parndorfer Platte and Heideboden. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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