Ecseg Pusztas of Dévaványa

Country/territory: Hungary

IBA Criteria met: C1, C3, C6 (2002)
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Area: 28,697 ha

Protection status:

Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society

Site description
An area of reclaimed marshland on the Great Plain, bordered by the River Berettyó in the east, the River Körös in the south, the Hortobágy-Berettyó Canal in the west, and the ó-Berettyó Canal in the north. Secondary saline grasslands and arable lands exist on poor soil. Human activities include cattle- and sheep-grazing, haymaking, goose-farming and arable farming.

Key biodiversity
An important area for farmland birds, associated with extensive forms of land-use, including the most significant local population of Otis tarda in Hungary. Daily maximum totals of between 1,500 and 2,000 Grus grus have been recorded migrating over the Hortobágy-Berettyó Canal. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (4-12 wintering birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ecseg Pusztas of Dévaványa. Downloaded from on 07/03/2021.