Akyatan Lake

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
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC breeding 1989-1996 75 breeding pairs B2
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1989-1993 230-978 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna LC winter 1992 854 individuals B1i
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris NT breeding 1989-1996 5 breeding pairs A1, B1i, B2
Common Pochard Aythya ferina VU winter 1989-1992 14,500-16,801 individuals A4i, B1i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter 1989-1993 10,073-13,900 individuals B1i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC winter 1990-1999 5,125-18,930 individuals A4i, B1i
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio LC breeding 1989-1996 present B2
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1989-1996 28,100-46,000 individuals A4i, B1i
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC winter 1992 416 individuals A4i, B1i
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus LC passage 1990 45 individuals A1
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 1989-1996 present B2
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC passage 1990-1993 601-1,589 individuals A4i, B1i
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC passage 1993 300 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC passage 1990-1993 400-3,918 individuals A4i, B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding 1989-1996 present B2
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus LC breeding 1989-1996 present B2
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC passage 1990 4,835-5,165 individuals A4i, B1i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1989-1996 100 breeding pairs B2

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)
Akyatan Lagoon Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 14,700 protected area overlaps with site 14,000
Akyatan Golu Game Reserve 7,500 protected area contained by site 15,304


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Forestry plantations -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Akyatan Lake. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/akyatan-lake-iba-turkey on 28/09/2023.