Carska bara

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2019 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
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2019 30-50 breeding pairs B1a, B1b, C6
Western Water Rail Rallus aquaticus LC breeding 2013-2019 150-200 breeding pairs B2a
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 2013 30-50 breeding pairs C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 2019 50-100 breeding pairs B1b, C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 2008-2013 100-120 breeding pairs B1b, C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC resident 2013 100-150 breeding pairs C6
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC resident 2013 200-450 breeding pairs A4, B2a, B3a, C2, C6
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus LC passage 2013-2019 15,000-30,000 individuals B3a, C3
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC passage 2013-2019 1,000-2,000 individuals B3a
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 2019 30-40 breeding pairs C6
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC winter 2019 25-50 individuals B1b, C6
Eurasian Penduline-tit Remiz pendulinus LC breeding 2010-2019 80-130 breeding pairs B2a
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides LC breeding 2013-2019 200-300 breeding pairs B2a
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica LC breeding 2010-2019 50-100 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2019).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Stari Begej-Carska bara Special Nature Reserve 4,827 protected area contained by site 4,827
Stari Begej - Carska Bara Special Nature Reserve Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,767 protected area contained by site 1,767
Prokop Rezervat prirode 6 protected area contained by site 1,676
Carska bara Rezervat prirode 4,726 protected area contained by site 0
Beli dud u Belom Blatu Spomenik prirode 0 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations, Urban parks and gardens -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Carska bara. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.