IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2005 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 Quail Coturnix coturnix LC breeding 2004 500 breeding pairs B2
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2004 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Corncrake Crex crex LC breeding 2005 48 breeding pairs A1, C1
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 2004 10 breeding pairs C6
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla LC breeding 2004 120-160 breeding pairs C6
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris LC breeding 2004 70-100 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a unknown - min 20,000 individuals A4iii, C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2005).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zapadna Stara planina i Predbalkan Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 219,753 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Rozmarinolistna varba Zashtitena Mestnost 18 protected area contained by site 0
Rayanovtsi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,186 is identical to site 13,180
Nahodishte na Gigantski zhivovlyak - s. Buchin prohod Zashtitena Mestnost 7 protected area contained by site 0
Nahodishte na Blatno sekirche - s. Buchin prohod Zashtitena Mestnost 2 protected area contained by site 0
Dragoman Marsh Karst Complex Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 14,967 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dragoman Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 21,357 protected area overlaps with site 13,180


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rayanovtsi. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.