Lake Kis-Balaton

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2002

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC winter 1997-2000 800-10,500 individuals C3
Bean Goose Anser fabalis LC winter 1997-2000 10,000-30,000 individuals C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1997-2000 3,000-8,000 individuals C3
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula LC winter 1997-2000 1,250 individuals C3
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1997-2000 40-50 breeding pairs C1, C6
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1997-2000 30,000 individuals C3
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1997-2000 20 breeding pairs C2
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1997-2000 75 breeding pairs C2, C6
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides LC breeding 1997-2000 20-25 breeding pairs C2, C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 1997-2000 40-50 breeding pairs C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC breeding 1997-2000 250 breeding pairs C2, C6
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC breeding 1997-2000 10 breeding pairs C1, C6
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC breeding 1997-2000 300 breeding pairs C6
Black Tern Chlidonias niger LC breeding 1997-2000 100-200 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1997-2000 250-300 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 1997-2000 40 breeding pairs C6
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon LC breeding 1997-2000 30 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Kis-Balaton Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 13,344 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kis-Balaton Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 14,745 protected area overlaps with site 14,745
Kis-Balaton Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,344 protected area overlaps with site 9,940
Balaton-felvidéki Nemzeti Park 59,370 protected area overlaps with site 14,745
Alsó-Zala-völgy Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,552 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) -
Artificial/Terrestrial -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
not utilised -
other -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Kis-Balaton. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.