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Republic of Moldova

Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena ©Sue Tranter

Formerly part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Dniester River supporting the Slavic majority population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a "Transnistria" republic. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist as its president in 2001.

It is a landlocked nation in eastern Europe with borders with Romania and Ukraine. Its economy is still very much founded in its agriculture which is very varied from wine and sunflower growing through to cereals and arable.



Number of Species

Number of bird species: 238



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Codrii - IBA


Satellite View

The site is situated in the Central Moldovan Heights, straddling the watershed of the Botna and Byc rivers. The main tree species are Quercus (49% of forest area) and Fagus-Fraxinus, Tilia, Acer and Carpinus are also present. The main shrub species are Cornus, Viburnum and Euonymus. Meadow communities occupy small areas…

Kishinev Parks

Satellite View

The Ghidigich water reservoir was built in 1963. The heron, bittern, wild duck (mallard); coot, and the others are the waterfowl, that nest here. There are a lot of different fishes here - carp, crucian, pike-perch etc. The base of rest was created on the shore.

Padurea Domneasca


Satellite View

The flock of herons, which live in the Padurea Domneasca, have their nests not on the bushes or reed thickets but up in the trees spread over a large area. Locals call this place herons Land, a real paradise for these birds, which feature in the Red Book…

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Moldova - Ion Grosu


Sunt extrem de amator in ornitologie, pina la nivelul ilar de a confunda un nagit cu soimul. Totusi umblatul meu cu vazutul ajuta uneori ornitologii seriosi. De exemplu, Sorecarul Mare Buteo rufinus, fotografiat in 2009 in raionul Edinet, a fost un prilej pentru multumiri din partea lui Emanuel Stefan Baltag si Vitalie Ajder, care au realizat un poster pentru Academia de Stiinte din Moldova.

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List of birds of Moldova


This is a list of the bird species recorded in Moldova. The avifauna of Moldova includes a total of 300 species, none of which are introduced, accidental or endemic…

The Corncrake in Moldova

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An article by Nicolai Zubcov…