Lake Siutghiol

Country/territory: Romania

IBA criteria met: C1, C2, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 2,023 ha

Romanian Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
The site is a former marine inlet now separated from the sea by a narrow sand-spit. The lake is predominantly freshwater with a maximum depth of 18 m. The western shore is formed by a steep limestone promontory, and narrow reedbeds (Phragmites) occur. In winter up to 90% of the lake area may freeze.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for passage waterbirds, particularly Anatidae and Laridae; the surrounds are a stop-over site for migrating passerines. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (2-40 passage birds).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Siutghiol. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.