Çöl Lake and Çalıkdüzü

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 42,170 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A shallow saline lake (max. 1,500 ha) lying in a closed basin (çalýkdüzü) 75 km south of Ankara. It is fed by small streams and largely dries up during summer. Wet grazing-marshes and extensive Typha beds are found at the southern and northern ends of the lake. Arable cultivation takes place in the higher, drier areas.

Key biodiversity
The site supports significant numbers of breeding Charadrius leschenaultii. Large numbers of wildfowl winter, whilst Phoenicopterus ruber, Oxyura leucocephala and Himantopus himantopus occur principally during the post-breeding season.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Çöl Lake and Çalıkdüzü. Downloaded from on 08/03/2021.