Birding Factoids

323 species
in 46 families

None of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
3 speciality species
7 endangered species

Checklist of Hungarian BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Check out Jean-Sébastien Rousseau-Piot's Digital Galleries to see some Birds of Hungary
Hungarian Specialities
Great Bustard - national bird of Hungary - Courtesy of E-Tours
Courtesy of E-Tours

Lesser White-fronted Goose - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright Monte Taylor

Photo copyright Monte Taylor

Bearded Tit - Photo copyright David Lingard

Photo copyright David Lingard

    ....Hungarian Birdwatching - this site contains information on 

      birdwatching in Hungary, Hungarian Bird Areas and detailed information about the 52 IBA-qualifying birds and contains information on the Hungarian population. 
    ....The Puszta and The Great Plain -
      includes references to birding in Hortobágyi Nemzeti Park.
    ....Birding in Hungary - by Gerard Gorman of PROBIRDER. Hungary 
      is now firmly established as one of the very best European birding destinations. With a car, a good map, and a bit of luck many good birds will be seen. 
    ....Birding Hungary - this commercial site explains why Hungary is a ....Map of birding sites in Hungary - The map is based on the map
      in "A Guide to Birdwatching in Hungary" by Gerard Gorman. The map is designed to help you plan your birdwatching trip to Hungary. Click on the part of Hungary you will visit to see what birdwatching areas, and what birds are in that part of the country.
    ....Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park -
      Lake Neusiedl in this park has earned the well deserved title of "Jewel of European Nature". With an average depth of only 1.60 metres, the lake, and its salty steppes, is Europe's largest bird sanctuary. More than 300 different species live and breed here, some of them extremely rare and unique to this area. More information about the Neusiedler See.
    ....New Ramsar sites in Hungary - Here is a brief description
      of the new sites and extensions drawn from the Information Sheets on Ramsar Wetlands. Site includes information on:
      • The Rétszilas Fishponds
      • Gemenc
      • Béda-Karapancsa Nature Reserve
      • Lake Kolon
      • Biharugra Fishponds
      • Pacsmag Fishponds Nature Conservation Area
      • Lake Tisza
      • Lake Fertö
    ....Spring in Hungary - an article from the The Lancaster and District
      Birdwatching Society Newsletter- May 8th found us heading for the Kiskungshag National Park on a weeks exchange visit with Leighton Moss's Hungarian twin. Just an hourís car journey from Budapest, Kiskunshag protects the traditional wildlife and landscape of the Great Hungarian Plain or Pustza. But unlike most National Parks, it covers seven unconnected and widely spread areas. 
    ....Trip Report: Eastern Europe. June 9-27, 1996. We just 
      returned from an unforgettable 3-week journey through the former East Europe. The ornithological highlights of the trip were the Hungarian Puszta, Transsylvania and the Southern Carpates in Romania and the Higher Tatra in Slovakia.
    ....Trip Report: Warsaw and Cracow (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic),
      Budapest (Hungary), July 23 - August 6, 1997, by Terry Witt. My wife and I recently returned from an 18 day tour af Eastern Europe. This was a tourist type trip run by Grand Circle Tours. I had been birding in Europe several times before but hoped to slip away from the group when possible and perhaps even see a few new birds. Using this strategy, I took an early AM walk on most days, and despite being lodged in the middle of 4 large cities still had a modest amount of success. 
    ....Trip Report: Hungary, August 9-22, 1997 by Gerd Rotzoll.
      This is a summary of a birding trip to Hungary made by me and my son Robert in August 1997. After the fall of the iron curtain, visiting Hungary is as simple as in other European countries: only a passport and no visa is needed. As this was our first time in the country, we visited the most popular birding area, the Hortobagy National Park (HNP), with only two longer day-trips to sites further away.
    ....Trip Report: Hortobagy, Hungary, April 1-5, 1999 - by Jerzy
      Dyczkowski. I decided to add some variety to our Easter birding and go to Hortobagy with a friend without special preparations. I wanted to see Great Bustards displaying, and timing was chosen accordingly. Therefore, many migrants (e.g. Red-footed Falcon, Stone Curlew, Great Black-headed Gull) were not yet present. We added Saker and Imperial Eagle to the target list - and got two out of three. 
    ....Trip Report: Neusiedl Lake (Austria and Hungary), May 29 - June 5,
      1999. By Dirk Raes. Just back from guiding a birding-tour for Ro-Travel ( and the ornithological society De Wielewaal (Belgium) to the Neusiedler-see / Seewinkel (Austria), hereby the trip-report. A great 142 score has been obtained. 
    ....Trip Report: Hungary - 13th -20th May 2000 - by Steve Bird. Another ....Trip Report: Eastern Europe (Poland - Hungary - Croatia - Austria)
      Summer 2003 - by: Rob van Bemmelen, Kasper Hendriks, Wesley Overman, and Ben Wielstra. July 2003 was the moment for 4 young birders from The Netherlands to do some interesting birding in the eastern part  of Europe. July is of course not the best time to go birding because most birds are relatively non-active in summer. But, as all the participants attain some sort of school during the rest of the year, a trip this long in spring was no option. The  group departed on Saturday the 28th of June and returned on Sunday the 27th of July 2003.
    ....Hungary Trip Report - you can find a Hungary trip report on John
      Girdley's BirdTours website by following the Europe/Hungary link from the main page....

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Hungarian Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Saker Falcon - Photo copyright Lieuwe Dijksen
Photo copyright Lieuwe Dijksen
    **..PROBIRDER - Professional Birding... for the Birder- Gerard Gorman
      has a decade of experience (over 100 group tours alone) in finding and showing visiting birders from all over the world eastern Europe's special and sought after birds. All types and styles of birding can be catered for, from hard-core listers, twitchers and target birders to those into habitat birding and those with a more relaxed generalist approach. Birding by ear is a speciality and remember Gerard wrote the books that others use (Where to watch birds in Eastern Europe and The Birds of Hungary)! Four new Hungary tours this year! Personal Guiding, Group Arrangements, Itinerary Design, Target Birding All levels of ability and experience catered for.
    **..ecoTOURS HUNGARY Ltd. is the first and only travel agency which
      was formed with the intention of popularising Hungary as a perfect ecotouristic destination both for amateur naturalists and for those with a more academic interest in plant and animal species, habitats and geology. Hungary is one of the richest countries in the Old Continent in terms of the species living at various habitats. The birdlist contains close to 400 species. 


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European Endemics and Specialities

in Hungary

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in Hungary. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Hungary. 

No European Endemics in Hungary - No National Endemics

Endangered Birds in Hungary

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Aquatic Warbler
___ Corn Crake
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Great Bustard
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Slender-billed Curlew

Other Speciality Birds in Hungary
(list provided by Gerard Gorman, author of "Where to Watch Birds in Eastern Europe")

___ Saker
___ Red-footed Falcon
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser White-fronted Goose
___ Great Bustard
___ White-backed Woodpecker
___ Great Black-headed Gull

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