Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 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
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC passage 1994 6,500-9,000 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC passage 1994 3,000-12,500 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina LC breeding 1997-2005 25 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, C3
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 1997-2005 2-6 breeding pairs C6
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC breeding 1997-2005 28-217 breeding pairs B2
Gadwall Mareca strepera LC breeding 1997-2005 27-132 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2, C3
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana LC breeding 1997-2005 10-250 males C6
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC breeding 2000-2002 11-18 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 1997 20-25 breeding pairs C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 1994 3-5 breeding pairs C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC breeding 1998-2001 11-31 breeding pairs C6
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC breeding 1998-2004 120-195 breeding pairs C6
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1997-2005 10-25 breeding pairs C6
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding 2001-2004 24-37 breeding pairs C6
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus NT breeding 2001-2004 274-554 breeding pairs B2
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC breeding 1997-2006 10-36 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1994 50-60 breeding pairs C6
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus LC resident 2000-2005 4 breeding pairs C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 1995-2005 25-35 breeding pairs C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC breeding 1997-2005 4-7 breeding pairs C6
White-tailed Sea-eagle Haliaeetus albicilla LC resident 2002 1 breeding pairs C6
Barred Warbler Curruca nisoria LC breeding 1997-2005 20-40 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1994 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii, C4

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Pfarrwiesen Illmitz Naturschutzgebiet 23 protected area contained by site 0
Neusiedlersee, Seewinkel & Hanság Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 44,229 protected area overlaps with site 14,000
Neusiedler See und Umgebung Landschafts- und Naturschutzgebiet 50,088 protected area overlaps with site 0
Neusiedler See - Seewinkel Nationalpark 7,665 protected area overlaps with site 3,510
Neusiedler See - Nordöstliches Leithagebirge Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 57,125 protected area overlaps with site 0
Neusiedler See - Nordöstliches Leithagebirge Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 57,125 protected area overlaps with site 14,000
Neusiedler See National Park 76,000 unknown 76,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations, Ruderal land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Southern Seewinkel and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.