|Most recent IBA monitoring assessment|
|Year of assessment||Threat score (pressure)||Condition score (state)||Action score (response)|
|2016||very high||very unfavourable||negligible|
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The valley and flood-plains of the Murat river, which here is fast-flowing with islands and gravel spits. One island complex lies to the north of the town of Bulanýk, whilst another large vegetated island is situated to the west. To the north, the plain is bordered by hills; to the south of the river are large tracts of arable land and hay-meadows. Cattle graze on the flood-plain.
The site is important for breeding waterbirds and raptors. Otis tarda occurs regularly in significant numbers and is thought to breed in the surrounding area. The IBA is the best-known Turkish locality for Anthropoides virgoseveral pairs breed (max. 21 individuals).
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bulanık and Malazgirt Plains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/03/2018.