Hortobágy and Tisza-to

Country/territory: Hungary

IBA criteria met: C1, C2, C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 90,000 ha

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
Situated on the Hungarian Great Plain east of the River Tisza, Hortobágy is the largest puszta landscape in Hungary; an open plain dominated by saline grasslands and extensive arable lands. Depressions contain saline marshlands, with seasonal wetlands appearing in spring and autumn. Fish-ponds cover about 5,000 ha. Human activities include arable farming, cattle- and sheep-grazing, goose-farming, haymaking, angling, birdwatching, hunting and reed-harvesting (`Other' land-use, below). This area includes four sites that were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): `Hortobágy' (former site HU016), `Pusztakócsi mocsarak' (former site HU018), `ágota-puszta' (former site HU020) and `Nagyszék' (former site HU043).

Key biodiversity
The most important site in Hungary for steppic birds and waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Hortobágy and Tisza-to. Downloaded fromágy-and-tisza-to-iba-hungary on 04/12/2023.