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Location Turkey, Gaziantep,Urfa
Central coordinates 38o 3.00' East  37o 17.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 206,600 ha
Altitude 411 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita breeding  2002  55 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i, B2  Critically Endangered 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus non-breeding  2001  550 individuals  A1, B1i  Least Concern 
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata breeding  2000  20-30 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Pallid Scops-owl Otus brucei breeding  1-5 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Little Swift Apus affinis breeding  150 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis breeding  5-10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis breeding  20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus breeding  5-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeding  2001  50 breeding pairs  A1, B2  Near Threatened 

IBA Monitoring

2011 very high very unfavourable negligible
Population
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Climate change and severe weather temperature extremes happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - large dams happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Ammoperdix griseogularis See-see Partridge 5 5 adults only 100 favourable
Geronticus eremita Northern Bald Ibis 135 135 adults only 100 favourable
Pterocles alchata Pin-tailed Sandgrouse 11 11 adults only 100 favourable
Ceryle rudis Pied Kingfisher 20 20 adults only 100 favourable
Passer moabiticus Dead Sea Sparrow 1000 300 adults only 30 very unfavourable
Rhodopechys obsoletus Desert Finch 15 15 adults only 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Birecik Firat YHGS Wildlife Development Area 0 unknown 0  
Birecik Lake Wetland Other Area 0 protected area contained by site 0  

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Doğa Kültür ve Yaşatma Derneği 2011

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Desert Semidesert  major
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams  major
Artificial - aquatic   major
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Urban parks and gardens  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
energy production and mining major
tourism/recreation major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Euphrates Valley and Birecik Plains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/12/2014

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