IBA criteria met: A4iii, B2, B3, C1, C4, C6 (2004)
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Area: 4,480 ha
Site description (baseline)
Three large lakes with differing habitat conditions. Dusia lake is mesotrophic, while Meteliai and Obelija lakes are eutrophic and have numerous reedbeds. Forests, meadows and marshes adjoin the lakes. Land-uses are varied, and include agriculture, fishing, forestry, recreation and human habitation.
The site is important for breeding Botaurus stellaris and crakes Porzana, and for moulting and migrating congregations of other waterbirds, especially Fulica atra. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (6-8 pairs), Crex crex.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Metelys, Dusia & Obelija lakes. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/229 on 09/06/2023.