Kulu Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 2,431 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2016 high very unfavourable low
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Site description (baseline)
A shallow brackish lake situated north-west of Tuz lake (site 072), 5 km east of the town of Kulu. Fed mainly by the Kulu stream, the lake is largely devoid of fringe vegetation, except for a small freshwater area in the south. Most of the nine islands are covered with grass in spring and early summer. Non-irrigated arable land, barren steppe and cattle-grazed grass plains surround the lake.

Key biodiversity
The IBA is important for breeding waterbirds. In winter the lake normally freezes but occasionally holds significant numbers of wildfowl.

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