IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1990-2006 150-200 breeding pairs C6
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1990-2006 22-36 breeding pairs C6
Ruff Calidris pugnax LC passage 1990-2006 5,000-8,000 individuals C6
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola LC passage 1990-2006 4,000-6,000 individuals C6
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC breeding 1990-2006 400-450 breeding pairs C2, C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 1990-2006 30-40 breeding pairs C1
Barred Warbler Curruca nisoria LC breeding 1990-2006 100-140 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1990-2006 20,000 individuals C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Maglavit Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,642 protected area contains site 3,441
Dunărea la Gârla Mare - Maglavit Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 9,488 protected area overlaps with site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Maglavit. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.