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Location Romania, Moldavia
Central coordinates 27o 19.45' East  47o 23.19' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 17,387 ha
Altitude 41 - 174m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description The site includes a series of fish-ponds associated with the rivers Jijia and Miletin and a reservoir used for irrigation. The northern and eastern shores of the reservoir are reinforced with concrete; the southern shore supports cereal cultivation. The western shore is marshy, with c.450 ha of reedbed (Phragmites). The Jijia plain is subject to flooding; grassland and agricultural land comprise the surrounds. The site also includes the Borsa and Catachi forests.

Key Biodiversity The site is particularly important for breeding waterbirds, wintering and passage Anatidae; waders occur in large numbers on passage. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage), Aythya nyroca (8 breeding pairs), Haliaeetus albicilla (passage), Aquila heliaca (passage), Crex crex (8-10 breeding pairs) and Gallinago media (passage). A total of 190 species have been recorded.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus passage  1990-2006  20-30 individuals  good  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1990-2006  5,000-7,500 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1990-2006  12,500-14,500 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1990-2006  2,500-3,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1990-2006  20-30 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca passage  1990-2006  2,000-2,700 individuals  good  C1, C2  Near Threatened 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1990-2006  2,500-5,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1990-2006  30-40 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus breeding  1990-2006  30-40 breeding pairs  good  C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  1990-2006  2-4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1990-2006  18-25 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria passage  1990-2006  350-600 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media passage  1990-2006  20-50 individuals  good  C6  Near Threatened 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa breeding  1990-2006  11-13 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  4,500-6,000 individuals  good  C1, C3  Near Threatened 
Ruff Calidris pugnax passage  1990-2006  3,600-4,500 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1990-2006  60-80 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  1990-2006  15-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  22,000-24,000 individuals  good  C4   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  87%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 70%
hunting 10%
water management 20%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Jijiei şi Miletinului fish-ponds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2015

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