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Habitat with the largest biodiversity, natural heritage and UNESCO protected area, the Danube Delta contains 325 species of birds , 43 species of mammals and 136 species of fish.
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Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
PODICIPEDIFORMES | Podicipedidae
Partial Migratory, Nesting
Protected




World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Habitat with the largest biodiversity, natural heritage and UNESCO protected area.

  Common



Least Concern. Conservation status regarding world population.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Genus: Podicipedidae
Species: Podiceps cristatus


Description

There are over 320 species of birds found in the delta during summer, of which 166 are hatching species and 159 are migratory. Over one million individuals (swans, wild ducks, bald coots, etc.) winter here.

The Danube Delta falls within east European steppe ecosystem, with Mediterranean influences. As a young region in full process of consolidation, the Danube Delta represents a very favorable place for the development of highly diverse flora and fauna, unique in Europe, with numerous rare species.

Situated on major migratory routes, and providing adequate conditions for nesting and hatching, the Danube Delta is a magnet for birds from six major eco-regions of the world, including the Mongolian, Arctic and Siberian.

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