A hundred years ago Great Bustard has still populated most suitable areas in the Carpathian basin. However, its range became significantly fragmented during the 20th century. Today, the Middle European population occur at fewer than 10 sites in each country where it still breeds. Most of these sites were identified as Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International and in the EU member states they are also protected as Special Protection Areas. Currently, four isolated sub-populations can be distinguished within the Middle European population: the German, the West Pannonian (shared by Austria, Hungary and Slovakia), the East Pannonian and the Ukrainian ones.
Important Bird Areas for Great Bustard >>
Click on the link above and then scroll to "Important Bird Area Distribution". Click on the name of the selected IBA to see details about the site including population size. If you click on "Map" a Google Map application will show the location of the IBA.