Hirfanlı Reservoir

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i (2004)
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Area: 68,880 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium favourable low
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Site description
A large reservoir (max. depth 70 m) on the Kýzýlýrmak river, north-east of Tuz lake (site 072). Up to 7,000 ha of mudflats appear during periods of low water-levels. The area is surrounded by arable land. The dam provides hydroelectric power and serves flood-control purposes.

Key biodiversity
The site is very important for wintering waterbirds, with counts of up to 134,000 birds recorded in recent years. Terns (Sterninae) breed in small numbers on the islands.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hirfanlı Reservoir. Downloaded from on 18/01/2021.