Bird Atlas of Hungary


After nearly ten years of preparation the Bird Atlas of Hungary was published at the end of September 2021. The book summarizes all available knowledge about the population, distribution, population dynamics and conservation status of 420 bird species that occurred naturally in Hungary until the end of 2019.



30 million data records collected by hundreds of birdwatchers were processed by modern computer modelling, generating 1,700 maps and graphs. 64 authors wrote descriptions, giving the most complete picture of the situation of wild birds of Hungary in a book spanning 800 pages.

The printing of the first edition of the book was financed by the Ministry of Agriculture as a beneficiary organization of the project KEHOP-4.3.0.-VEKOP-15-2016-00001, entitled „Strategic studies on long-term conservation of natural values of Community importance and the national implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020”.

The second, revised edition of Bird Atlas of Hungary can be purchased in the webshop of the MME.

The entire material of the book can be read in digital form by clicking on the cover image below!

From a traditionally browsable folder system at the bottom of the page, the electronic attachments of the book, maps and graphs, as well as some modeling results can be downloaded.


Use of documents and data on the website, recommended citation

The materials and data on the website may be utilized for research, nature conservation and educational purposes, providing the source:

Szép T., Csörgő T., Halmos G., Lovászi P., Nagy K. & Schmidt A. (eds.) 2021. Magyarország madáratlasza. [Bird Atlas of Hungary] – Agrárminisztérium, Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, Budapest. madaratlasz.mme.hu

In case of use for research purposes, we recommend prior consultation with the MME Monitoring Center (monitoring@mme.hu), and we ask that publications (articles, dissertations, etc.) be sent there. The consent of the MME Monitoring Center (monitoring@mme.hu) is required for the business use of the processed and basic data prior to its utilisation.

The Help folder contains the methodological description of the book, English summary, bibliography and a document describing the names of the downloadable files (downloadable in pdf format). A table lists the species, which can be used as a search engine to open book chapters of each species or to open a folder containing species materials.

The E-Annexes folder contains the electronic annexes of the book: tables summarizing the results and the main data related to data collection and modelling (downloadable pdf).

In the Species folder, grouped according to the 22 bird orders (Ordo), there are downloadable maps, graphs and analytical background materials for each bird species. The order of the orders and the species within them follows the taxonomic order of IOC 10.2 (Gill et al. 2021). In the name of the folders containing the material about the species, after the serial number (001-421), the so-called HURING code is listed. The search is aided by a summary table in the Help folder.