Manyas Lake (Kuş Lake)

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 21,800 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high near favourable high
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Site description
A shallow nutrient-rich freshwater lake (average depth 3 m) fed by groundwater and four streams. Small deltas have formed where the latter enter the lake, comprising extensive marshes and tree-lined riverbanks. Narrow belts of reed Phragmites fringe much of the lake. Water is abstracted for factory use and for irrigation. Cattle- and sheep-grazing is common along the lake shores.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds; migrating Pelecanus onocrotalus often roost at the lake.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manyas Lake (Kuş Lake). Downloaded from on 24/09/2020.