Hungary lies in the basin enclosed by the eastern edge of the Alps and the Carpathians. The country is bordered by the Czech Republic to the north and the Former Yogoslavia to the south with Romania lying to the east. The country measures just 300 miles west to east and 150 miles north to south.
In the east of the country the famous Hortobagy region, is Europe's most important wintering ground for geese and other wildfowl, the latter dependent upon the fish ponds across this ornithologically important salt steppe.
There are numerous birding opportunities in and around the capital of Budapest. Lake Valence to the west of the capital supports breeding Spoonbill, Great White Egret, Little Crake, Moustached Warbler, Penduline Tit and Bluethroat. Further south, Lake Balaton, the largest lake in central Europe, is an important migration stop-over whilst the surrounding area supports breeding Red-footed Falcon, Syrian Woodpecker and Roller.
The forests of the Gemenc game preservation area support White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle and Saker. Black Woodpeckers and Collared Flycatchers also breed here. To the south-east of Budapest, the Great Hungarian Plain supports characteristic steppe species such as Great Bustard, Montagu's Harrier, Stone Curlew and Collared Pratincole.
Penduline Tit, copyright Glyn Sellors
Showing the 25 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted
Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Austria) July 2003
, author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 24, 2004)
Birds in Altmühlsee (Germany), Neusiedlersee (Austria) and Hungary (Hortobagy), author Frank van Groen (added October 6, 2012)
(Hortobagy, Neusiedler See, Altmühlsee)
Birding tour to Eastern Hungary - 1st - 8th June 2005, author Peter Davis (added October 31, 2005)
Hortobágy and Kiskunság National Parks, Hungary - 17th - 24th October 2019, author Christopher Hall (link created November 7, 2019)
(White-tailed Eagle, Penduline Tit, Saker Falcon)
Birds and Bears - Eastern Europe - 11th to 22nd April 2006, author Christopher Hall (added May 16, 2006)
(We teamed up with Sakertour for this ambitious trip with a difference, visiting three different countries with the added goal of seeing Brown Bears in the wild)
A birding trip report to Hungary - April 26th to 8th May 2010, author Geoff Dicker (added June 6, 2010)
(Hortobagy,Bukk Hills, Borsodi Plains, Szeged Fishponds, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker, Lesser-Spotted Eagle, White-Backed Woodpecker, Pallid Harrier, Great Bustard, Long-Legged Buzzard, Pygmy Cormorant, Roller, White-Winged Black Tern)
Hungary - The Hortobagy Great Plains - 25th - 31st May 2014, author Colin and Alison Parnell (added July 31, 2014)
(Hortobagy, Rollers, Great Bustard, Lesser Grey Shrike )
Six Days Birding in Hungary – June 6th – 12th, 2005, author Jim Ruch (added July 25, 2005)
(White-tailed Eagle, Saker and Great Bustard amongst others)
Red-breasted Goose Special - Winter Birding in Hungary; 3 - 7 November, 2018, author Zoltan Baczo (added December 30, 2018)
(Hortobágy National Park, Red-breasted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Saker, Imperial Eagle..)
Hungary - three day birding trip to western Hungary, author Ed O'Hara (added August 18, 2005)
Hungary - Kiskunsag National Park - 21 July 2008, author Kerry Ann Gardner (added August 16, 2008)
(Kiskunsag National Park, Great Bustard, Sakir Falcon, Short-toed Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Common Quail)
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