Country/territory: Austria

IBA Criteria met: B2, C6 (2009)
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Area: 13,300 ha

BirdLife Austria

Site description
The Steinfeld is an extensive plain south of Vienna. Until recently it was the largest area of primary dry grassland in central Europe. Today, 20 km2of grassland remain, mainly within a military area. The remainder of the IBA is arable land and Pinus nigra plantations. There are also several large gravel-pits and two small airfields.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for breeding species associated with grassland and arable agriculture. The IBA contains Austria's most important population of Burhinus oedicnemus and the largest population of Caprimulgus europaeus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Steinfeld. Downloaded from on 27/01/2023.