Ceyhan Delta

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2004 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
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala EN winter 1993 191 individuals A1, A4i, B1i
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope LC winter - 14,320-27,190 individuals A4i, B1i
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus LC passage 1999 5,000 individuals B1i
Common Coot Fulica atra LC winter 1992 26,000 individuals B1i
Common Crane Grus grus LC winter - 22-86 individuals B1i
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC passage 1990 12,439 individuals A4i, B1i
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia LC passage 1999 300 individuals A4i, B1i
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 1999 1,217 individuals B1i
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC breeding - 600 breeding pairs B1i, B2
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus LC winter - 356-805 individuals B1i
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus LC breeding - 10 breeding pairs B2
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 1992 1,289 individuals B1i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC winter 1992 7,239 individuals B1i
Little Stint Calidris minuta LC winter 1996 2,200 individuals B1i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding - 300 breeding pairs B2
A4iv Species group - soaring birds/cranes n/a passage 1990 12,439 individuals B1iv
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter - 30,000-71,000 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2004).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 unfavourable high medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat good

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable
Wetlands (inland) Salt marshes 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Yumurtalik Lagoons Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 19,853 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ceyhan Delta. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.