Hungary Birding Tours
Hungary (or Magyarorszag in Hungarian) is located in central Eastern Europe, in the middle of the Carpathian basin. Hungary is landlocked and shares its borders with no fewer than seven countries: Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia. Its capital, Budapest, is in the north of the country and is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its combination of culture, history, cuisine, and nightlife. Hungary’s population is 9.7 million people with around a third of these people living in the Budapest area.
One of Hungary’s most famous sons is Attila the Hun, with his rampaging Hunnic army feared by the Roman Empire for around 20 years until his death in 453 AD. The country was ruled by several factions before Hungary became a Christian Kingdom on Christmas Day in 1000 AD. Hungary’s power peaked in the 15th century before becoming part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867. This union ended after the end of World War One which saw Hungary lose 71% of its territory and 58% of its population. During World War Two Hungary joined the Axis Powers before becoming part of the Soviet Union after the war ended. Independence from the Soviet Union was achieved in October 1989.
Hungary is divided into three parts by two large rivers, the Danube River, and the Tisza River, in fact the entire country lies within the drainage basin of the Danube River. The west of Hungary consists of hills and low mountains, including part of the eastern Alps. The rest of the country is a vast plain, apart from the very north which is part of the Carpathian Mountains near Slovakia. Mount Kekas, the tallest mountain in Hungary, is found in these mountains which rises to 3,327 feet (1,014 meters). Hungary has hot summers and cold winters with regular snowfall throughout the country.
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Following International Ornithological Congress (IOC) taxonomy (v10.2 in December 2020) the bird list of Hungary is 434 species, with 25 of these being globally threatened. Hungary has 54 Important Bird Areas (IBAs); sites identified by BirdLife International as having high value to birds. On top of this, parts of Hungary are also conserved by ten national parks, 145 minor nature reserves, and 35 landscape protection areas.
Hungary is always high value and the birds in Hungary do not disappoint. Key species found here include Ferruginous Duck, Great Bustard, Little Crake, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Red-footed Falcon, Saker Falcon, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Moustached Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, River Warbler, Wallcreeper (a monotypic family), Red-breasted Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, and so much more.
Hungary offers one of the most diverse birding experiences in Europe with a wide range of excellent bird species possible, which makes it a birders paradise. Combine this with wonderful hospitality, a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, and great weather, you have a country that is sensational value and well worth a visit.
Soon we will be adding an exciting new tour to Hungary so keep an eye out for developments. If you would like a private tour of Hungary, then please do get in touch, we would be happy to help build a custom tour with dates to suit you.