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Location Romania, Ialomita
Central coordinates 27o 34.00' East  44o 40.66' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 5,172 ha
Altitude 11 - 39m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description A large brackish lake on the Romanian plain, fed by fresh water from the Ialomita river. There are small areas of aquatic vegetation, primarily along the western shore. Agricultural lands and fish-ponds form the surrounds.

Key Biodiversity This is an important breeding site for waterbirds, particularly ducks, and also passage and wintering waterbirds.

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  2-20 individuals  good  C6  Vulnerable 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1990-2006  6,000-8,400 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Greylag Goose Anser anser passage  1990-2006  2,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis passage  1990-2006  600-700 individuals  good  C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus passage  1990-2006  100-120 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1990-2006  35-50 breeding pairs  good  C1  Near Threatened 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1990-2006  3,000-7,000 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus passage  1990-2006  120 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  150-400 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Little Crake Zapornia parva breeding  1990-2006  24-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana breeding  1990-2006  20-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  1990-2006  60 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  400-600 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon breeding  1990-2006  90-110 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1990-2006  25,000-28,000 individuals  good  C4   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  95%
Artificial - terrestrial   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
not utilised 95%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Lake Strachina. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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