The European bee-eater (Merops apister) is one of the most colorful birds on the rivers. This gaudy animal breeds on the steep river banks.
Life on rivers
The little ringed plover (Charadrius dubius) is an inhabitant of the barren gravel and sandbars.
The little tern is a small tern that lives on a gravel and sandbars of the European and Asian rivers. It is widespread, but very fragmented and endangered in many places.
Floodplain flood forests (Freshwater swamp forests) are seasonally inundated by rivers. They are adapted to the long-standing water and host a variety of organisms.
A shy inhabitant of the dense old forests, the black stork is much rarer bird than its cousin the white stork.
Steep banks of the river are extreme habitat, where some very specialized animals and plants live. They are mostly created by river erosion.
Dynamical, natural river harbors many habitat and the corresponding species of the animals and plants. Such river is in constant rejuvenation and creation of new habitats.