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Location Romania, Caras-Severin,Mehedinti
Central coordinates 21o 55.41' East  44o 38.87' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 10,201 ha
Altitude 38 - 102m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description A large reservoir created on the Danube, on the Romanian/Yugoslavian border (adjacent to Ðerdap gorge, Yugoslavian site 034). The shores are steep and predominantly rocky; deciduous scrub and small areas of grassland dominate the slopes. Reedbeds (Phragmites) are present in the upper part of the reservoir.

Key Biodiversity The IBA lies on an important flyway between the Pannonian plain and the Balkan peninsula, and is an important staging post for migrating waterbirds. The site holds 20,000 or more wintering waterbirds on a regular basis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990-2006  180-200 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  1990-2006  22,000-26,500 individuals  good  C3  Vulnerable 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca winter  1990-2006  156 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1990-2006  850-900 individuals  good  C1, C2  Near Threatened 
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula winter  1990-2006  904-1,560 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Smew Mergellus albellus winter  1990-2006  1,200-1,500 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  684-890 individuals  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1990-2006  500-700 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  120-200 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 10%
hunting 5%
nature conservation and research 5%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cursul Dunării - Baziaş - Porţile de Fier. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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