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Location Romania, Mures
Central coordinates 24o 8.76' East  46o 37.24' North
IBA criteria C1, C4, C6
Area 5,509 ha
Altitude 267 - 457m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description The Zau de Campie-Taureni are situated on the Transylvanian Plain along a tributary of the Mure° river. There are three large lakes and several smaller ponds with about 50 ha of reedbed (Phragmites). There is also a Pinus nigra plantation which supports a mixed heron colony. The main use of the ponds is fish production, with some angling.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for passage waterbirds and breeding herons. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (1-4 pairs) and Crex crex (3-4 pairs).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1990-2006  70-300 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  1990-2006  10-12 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1990-2006  20-100 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  100-300 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola passage  1990-2006  1,000-2,000 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax passage  1990-2006  4,000-6,000 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  20,000 individuals  good  C4   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  91%
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  9%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 91%
hunting 10%

Protection status National None International None

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

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