Zalioji & Gitenai forests complex

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2004

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Common Crane Grus grus LC breeding 1996-1999 12 breeding pairs B2
Black Stork Ciconia nigra LC breeding 2003 5 breeding pairs B2, C6
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum LC breeding 2001 7-12 breeding pairs C6
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus LC breeding 2003 10 breeding pairs C6
Aquila pomarina NR breeding 1996-1999 10 breeding pairs B2

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)
Zaliosios girios botaninis - zoologinis draustinis Gamtinis draustinis 3,103 protected area contained by site 0
Zaliosios girios biosferos poligonas Biosferos poligonas 14,174 protected area overlaps with site 0
Žalioji giria Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 14,173 protected area overlaps with site 11,423
Žalioji giria Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 33,870 protected area contains site 19,089
Zalioji Forest Pine Genetic Reserve Gamtinis draustinis 14 protected area contained by site 0
Zalioji Forest Alder Genetic Reserve Gamtinis draustinis 14 protected area contained by site 0
Birzu giria Botanical/Zoological Reserve 144 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Treeline ecotone -
Wetlands (inland) Fens, transition mires and springs, Raised bogs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
Grassland -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
rangeland/pastureland -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zalioji & Gitenai forests complex. Downloaded from on 03/12/2020.