İlgaz Mountains

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA criteria met: B2 (2004)
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Area: 140,900 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 low not assessed medium
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Site description (baseline)
Part of the Ilgaz mountain range that stretches 160 km on a south-west/north-east axis, forming the boundary between the wet Black Sea region and the dry Central Anatolian plateau. The IBA encompasses the highest and most intact parts of the range, including the two Ilgaz passes. Pinus and Abies forest covers large areas, with alpine grassland and rocky habitats at higher altitudes. A ski-resort is located within the National Park.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding raptors. Other breeding species of interest include Tadorna ferruginea, Dryocopus martius, Irania gutturalis, Sitta krueperi and Serinus pusillus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: İlgaz Mountains. Downloaded from on 01/06/2023.