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Location Romania, Maramures,Suceava
Central coordinates 24o 47.35' East  47o 32.85' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 62,989 ha
Altitude 598 - 2,284m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description Pietrosul mountain lies in the northern part of the Rodna mountains. Four vegetation belts occur: Fagus forest up to 1,000 m; Abies forest up to 1,700 m; dwarf Pinus shrubs at the treeline; and alpine grasslands and rocky areas above that.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for species characteristic of upland deciduous forests, montane conifer forests and open, rocky alpine habitats.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia breeding  1990-2006  220-280 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix breeding  1990-2006  40-70 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus breeding  1990-2006  180-200 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos breeding  1990-2006  2-3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum breeding  1990-2006  35-50 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus breeding  1990-2006  120-150 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus breeding  1990-2006  150-180 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pietrosul Mare Nature Reserve 3,068 protected area contained by site 3,068  
Pietrosul Mare Nature Reserve UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 44,000 protected area contained by site 3,068  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  60%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  25%
Coastline   14%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 50%
tourism/recreation 50%

Protection status National High International High3,068 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pietrosul Mare, 3,068 ha). 3,068 ha of IBA covered by Biosphere Reserve (Pietrosul Mare Nature Reserve, 3,068 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rodnei Mountains. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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