Subotica lakes and sandy terrain

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2019

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca NT breeding 2008-2013 27-37 breeding pairs B1a, B1b, C6
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus LC breeding 2019 25-40 breeding pairs C6
Western Water Rail Rallus aquaticus LC breeding 2013-2019 100-150 breeding pairs B2a
Little Crake Zapornia parva LC breeding 2013-2019 60-90 breeding pairs B2a, C6
Common Crane Grus grus LC passage 2010-2019 6,000-10,000 individuals A4, B3a, C2, C5
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris LC breeding 2013 23-32 breeding pairs C6
Common Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus LC breeding 2008-2013 75-105 breeding pairs B1b, C6
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides LC breeding 2013-2017 50-80 breeding pairs B1b, C6
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea LC breeding 2013-2017 100-150 adults B1b, C6
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC resident 2013-2017 300-320 breeding pairs B3a, C2, C6
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 2008-2013 3-5 breeding pairs C6
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT breeding 2013-2019 10-15 breeding pairs B1a, B1b
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus LC passage 2013-2019 10,000-20,000 individuals B3a, C3
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC breeding 2017-2019 50-250 breeding pairs B2a, C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC breeding 2019 20-30 breeding pairs C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2016-2019 60-85 breeding pairs B2a, C6
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus NT breeding 2008-2013 40-56 breeding pairs B1b, C2, C6
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus NT passage 2013-2019 200-700 individuals B1a, C2
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor LC breeding 2008-2013 100-120 breeding pairs B2a, C6
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon LC breeding 2013-2019 30-50 breeding pairs C6
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides LC breeding 2013-2019 100-200 breeding pairs B2a
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2001-2019 16,000-30,000 individuals B3b, C4

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Zabalac Rezervat prirode 11 protected area contained by site 677
Suboticka pescara Landscape of Outstanding Qualities 5,370 protected area contained by site 5,370
Selevenjske pustare Rezervat prirode 677 protected area overlaps with site 0
Palic Regional Nature Park 712 protected area contained by site 712
Palic Park prirode 713 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ludasko Lake Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 593 protected area contained by site 387
Ludasko jezero Rezervat prirode 846 protected area overlaps with site 0
Danilova kosa Rezervat prirode 7 protected area contained by site 846


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest, Wooded steppe -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Forestry plantations, Urban parks and gardens -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Subotica lakes and sandy terrain. Downloaded from on 17/04/2021.