Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve

Country/territory: Lithuania

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, C6 (2004)
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Area: 18,493 ha

Lietuvos Ornitologu Draugija

Site description (2000 baseline)
A complex of raised bogs, marshes, forests, meadows and a large, shallow, overgrown, nutrient-rich lake.

Key biodiversity
An important wetland for a wide variety of breeding and migrating waterbirds (including good numbers of Anser fabalis and A. albifrons on passage). Acrocephalus paludicola has greatly decreased since 1980, when there were 25-30 pairs. This is the best breeding site for Porzana parva and P. porzana in Lithuania. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (3-5 calling males), Gallinago media. More than 10 pairs of Aythya nyroca bred in the 1970s but no recent data are available.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.