Hafik Zara Hills

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 102,800 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high near favourable low
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Site description
A slightly brackish lake (326 ha, average depth 4 m) situated in the upper Kýzýlýrmak basin, fed by springs and the Acýsu stream. Reed Phragmites fringes the lake and there is one small island in the east. The surrounds consist of arable/fallow land and pasture, except in the west where extensive wet grasslands are grazed by cattle.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding and passage waterbirds. Other species of note include breeding Motacilla citreola.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hafik Zara Hills. Downloaded from on 23/06/2021.