Scientific Journal of the BirdLife Hungary

A Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület tudományos folyóirata

Ornis Hungarica. vol.10. (2000) p.219-223.

Bird fauna of Apatin (Yugoslavia) in the 20th century
Kanyó Béla

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Apatin is located at the confluence of the Drava and Danube rivers and is in the vicinity of Kopacki meadow. The area has a very rich bird fauna. The Danube river, along with inundated and mixed forests, marshes, reed-beds and numerous canals offer excellent habitat for various birds. The natural values of the area are well known by the work of many naturalists who visited the area since the second half of the 19th century, such as Mojsisovid, prince Rudolph, Schenk, Vönöczky, Beretzk, Marcetic, Szlivka, Ham and Réthy The aim of this paper is to summarise the data available about the birds of this area. During the 20th century 253 bird species were documented in the vicinity of Apatin. In the last 25 years 117 bird species have been found breeding and a further 15 species are assumed to nest in the area. Data on 112 species of migrating and transient birds have been reported since 1974, whereas data about the remaining 24 species are from before 1974.