Lake Techirghiol

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1990-2006 800 individuals C1, C2, C6
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 1990-2006 40 individuals C6
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis VU winter 1990-2006 7,000 individuals C1, C2, C6
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC winter 1990-2006 20,000 individuals C3
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus VU winter 1990-2006 10 individuals C6
Smew Mergellus albellus LC winter 1990-2006 180 individuals C2, C6
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis LC passage 1990-2006 2,000 individuals C3
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC winter 1990-2006 800 individuals C2, C6
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1990-2006 30 breeding pairs C6
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus LC passage 1990-2006 5,200 individuals C2
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC passage 1990-2006 600 individuals C2, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1990-2006 20,000 individuals C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Lake Techirghiol Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,462 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lacul Techirghiol Nature reserve 1,271 protected area contained by site 0
Lacul Techirghiol Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,951 protected area contained by site 2,856


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation, Standing brackish and salt water, Standing freshwater -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Techirghiol. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.