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Location Bulgaria, Montana
Central coordinates 23o 34.13' East  43o 48.13' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, C1, C2, C3, B1i
Area 218 ha
Altitude 29 - 41m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A newly formed island on kilometre 715 of the River Danube. The island is sandy, encloses a small lake, and is covered by forest of Salix and Populus in the central part. Human activities include firewood-collection during the summer (`Other' land-use, below) and recreation, as well as boat-traffic in surrounding waters.

Key Biodiversity The island is an important resting place for Pelecanus crispus (which uses sandy areas) and Phalacrocorax carbo during the breeding season and migration. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (min. 15 in winter), Aythya nyroca (min. 3 on passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus non-breeding  1996  40-210 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus passage  1996  150-252 individuals  good  A1, A4i, B1i, C1, C2  Vulnerable 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo non-breeding  1996  184-1,800 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1996  600-2,300 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  40%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  1%
Coastline Inland sand dunes  59%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other -
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Island near Gorni Tzibar. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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