Bulanık and Malazgirt Plains This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 33,310 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
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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Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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 virgo˜several pairs breed (max. 21 individuals).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bulanık and Malazgirt Plains. Downloaded from on 24/01/2020.