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FAUNA OF THE ŐRSÉG NATIONAL PARK

ALPINE NEWT

One of the rarest and most valuable reptile in Hungary. Contrary to other species it favours higher elevations and cooler climate, dwells only in the Northern Mountain Range - Mátra, Bükk, Zemplén - and Bakony as well as in some parts of Őrség. Habitat: cool, hidden temporary waters.

 

BLACK STORK 

The plumage is black with golden green, purple, copper shine except the underpart. The hen is slightly faded and smaller. Total length is 97 cm, shorter than the white species, the wings are narrower, its wingspan is 190 cm. Estimated live stock: 150 pairs. It lays 2-5 white eggs about 64 mm long. Hatching period: 30-35 days. Catches more fish than the white stork, hunts on water insects, frogs and newts.

 

HONEY BUZZARD

Dwells in the woodlands of Europe and northern Asia. Feeds on transparent wing insects, mostly wasps and their pupa. It feeds its chicks with whole honeycombs with wasps, or collects wasps in its crag. Tears the aculei of hornets before swallowing them and spits the inedible hard parts of insects.

 

CORN CRAKE

A highly protected bird, close to extinction across Europe, endangered by the loss of habitat because of machine mowing and modern farming. 
Live stock is decreasing in Hungary, estimated amount is 500-1200 pairs. Breeding habitat implies wet meadows or marsh meadows. The cock hides in high grass and crows late in the evening or early dawn.
A migrant bird, spends winter south of the Equator in East -Africa.

 

BLUE PIGEON

The one and only pigeon species breeding in tree cavities. Its length is 33 cm. Its plumage is different hues of blue-gray, its neck feathers have a green or purple shine, its crag is brownish red. The wing bars are gray-black, and the closed wings have a black ribbon. The tail is gray-black with a wide black ribbon at the end. The beak is yellow and the feet are red. The cock and the hen are almost alike; the young ones are browner on the head.

 

FIRECREST

The smallest songbird with little round body and a narrow, short, pointed beak. The European species are greenish with golden yellow patches on the head. Breeding habitat is all over evergreens in the temperate climate of the Northern hemisphere. Feeds on insects.

 

OTTER

Its main characteristics are the thick cylindrical body, muscular tail and wide flat head. The ears are extremely small. The limbs end in 5 fingers with sharp claws and finger-webs. Excellent swimmer owing to its strong short legs. Its den in the water coast is called holt; the female gives birth to 2-4 whelps. Preys on fish, crabs, water birds and their eggs.

 

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