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Location Croatia, Osjecko-baranjska zupanija
Central coordinates 18o 12.00' East  45o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 981 ha
Altitude 90 - 92m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Association BIOM (Affiliate)

Site description A complex of a fish-ponds along the River Drava. The site includes large ponds with extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) and other emergent vegetation. The surrounding area includes abandoned ponds and a former oxbow lake.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (1-6 wintering).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greylag Goose Anser anser winter  1987  500 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1993  10-40 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Goosander Mergus merganser winter  1996  33 individuals  good  B1i  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1995  3-58 breeding pairs  good  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba winter  1996  1-177 individuals  medium  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus non-breeding  2001  30 individuals  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  1990  400 individuals  medium  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Jugoistocni Dio Delte Rijeke Neretve Special Reserve 250 protected area contained by site 499  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 100%
hunting 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Donji Miholjac fish-ponds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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