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Location Romania, Mehedinti
Central coordinates 22o 37.70' East  44o 25.97' North
IBA criteria C1, C2, C3, C6
Area 45,286 ha
Altitude 30 - 312m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Romanian Ornithological Society



Site description A natural wetland which has partially been converted into over 20 fish-ponds. Aquatic vegetation, including reedbeds (Phragmites), is abundant and covers approximately 60% of the site. Surrounding the ponds are sand-hills, uncultivated areas, a Robinia plantation and grassland.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding wetland species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca breeding  1990-2006  100-120 breeding pairs  good  C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1990-2006  54-68 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Ixobrychus minutus breeding  1990-2006  120-140 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  1990-2006  28-44 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1990-2006  380-440 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1990-2006  160-230 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1990-2006  90-100 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1990-2006  40-60 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Egretta garzetta breeding  1990-2006  420-560 breeding pairs  good  C2, C6  Not Recognised 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1990-2006  90-120 breeding pairs  good  C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus winter  1990-2006  240 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus passage  1990-2006  700-800 individuals  good  C2  Least Concern 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo passage  1990-2006  1,600-3,000 individuals  good  C3  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus breeding  1990-2006  20-30 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa passage  1990-2006  340-420 individuals  good  C1  Near Threatened 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1990-2006  90-100 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  1990-2006  170-180 breeding pairs  good  C1, C6  Near Threatened 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   5%
Grassland   5%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
fisheries/aquaculture 70%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Blahniţa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2015

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