• Ciconia Nigra - Black Stork
  • Ardea Purpurea - Purple Heron
  • Dendrocopos Major - Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Alcedo Atthis - Kingfisher
  • River Kupa's basin

    Area description

    This is a wet lowland area with very rich pedunculate oak forests and meadows. The wetland habitats are rich on carp fishponds Crna Mlaka special ornithological reserve and Draganic, while the fishpond Pisarovina is degrading because of the production deterioration. The river Kupa flows through the southern part of this area. This is the most important stopover and breeding site of Ferruginous Duck in Croatia, and an important breeding site for many other waterbirds.

    During the periods of migration, this area regularly hosts more then 20.000 birds. The forests of this area are an important nesting site for the White-tailed Eagle, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Collared Flycatcher. This is a threatened area, mainly because it is dependant on the maintenance of the fishponds, and these are getting more and more abandoned. Besides this reason, other threats to birds originate from changes of water level in wet forests due to drainage, intensified forest management, excessive illegal hunting and withering of traditional farming.

    Types of habitats

    • 37% alluvial forests
    • 9% intensively cultivated arable fields
    • 4% swamps
    • 50% other, mostly mosaic arable fields


    Great White Egret, White Stork, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Sea Eagle, Little Crake, Whiskered Tern, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Flycatcher, Bittern, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Osprey, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Common Crane, Spotted Crake, Corncrake, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Little Gull, Common Tern, Black Tern, Ural Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Gray-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Gray Shrike.