Lake Van

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT breeding 1989-1996 5 breeding pairs A1, B1i, B2
Great Bustard Otis tarda VU breeding 1990-1991 31-32 individuals A1, B2
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus LC breeding 1995 3,285 individuals A4i, B1i
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus LC passage 1989 3,450 individuals A4i, B1i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Van Golu SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
urban/industrial/transport -
fisheries/aquaculture -
not utilised -
agriculture -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Van. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.