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Europe, Lithuania


The Aukstaitija National Park, in northeast Lithuania, is an area of managed, mostly pine, forests waterways and meadows that is also used for recreation.

It's also an important spot in this country for the European Nightjar as well as other species of global conservation concern such as White-tailed Eagle (non-breeding) and Corn Crake(breeding) [1].


Notable Species

With Aukstaitija National Park being such a large park covering parts of at least three areas, the information presented here will center on the one region, Utena / Utenos Apskritit, where it seems the bulk of what has been reported for this location is centered.

The area of Utena, or as it's also been seen Utenos Apskritis, is reported as having had 244 species of birds reported as having been sighted, with 7 of those being globally threatened.


Some of the rare species reported [2] for this area include: Pink-footed Goose, Willow Ptarmigan, Eared Grebe, Black-winged Stilt, Long-tailed Jaeger, Great Gray Owl, Yellow-browed Warbler


Birds you can see here include:

Graylag Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-necked Grebe, Rock Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, Common Swift, Eurasian Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Temminck's Stint, Marsh Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Great Cormorant, Gray Heron, European Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon.

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

This area has had an influence on the region's history since the 11th century when the Duchy of Lithuania was formed here. During the intervening years, it has come under the sphere of influence and/or control of other groups, nations, and people before arriving at what it is today[3].

Areas of Interest

Lithuania has a number of National Parks[4], of which this one was their first. It has, within its boundaries, a multitude of waterways and islands which can lend themselves to some great birding. As well, there are buildings and villages dating back to much earlier times.

Access and Facilities

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Contact Details

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  1. BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Initial area of Aukstaitija NP. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2020.
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Utena Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 23 August 2020
  3. Official Lithuania / Aukstaitija Travel - https://www.visitlithuania.net/lithuania/region/75-aukstaitija
  4. Lithuanian Nartional Parks - https://www.visitlithuania.net/nature/national-parks

Recommended Citation

External Links

  1. Lithuania Tourism Website
  2. Aukstaitija National Park


  1. Aukstaitija National Park on Google Maps

Content and images originally posted by gerdwichers8