|Central coordinates||32o 33.00' East 40o 28.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|Altitude||900 - 1,849m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information This is an important site for a number of species of raptor.
Site description A forested area situated at the northern edge of the barren Central Anatolian plateau, dominated by Pinus nigra with P. sylvestris at higher altitudes. Pasture and scrub (mainly Quercus) occur throughout. The forests are extensively managed except within the National Park, which attracts large numbers of visitors from Ankara.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Black Stork Ciconia nigra||breeding||-||10 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus||breeding||-||15 breeding pairs||-||B2||Endangered|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||breeding||-||7-10 breeding pairs||-||A1, B2||Near Threatened|
|Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus||breeding||-||3 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Grassland||Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland||10%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||25%|
Management considerations A dense network of roads and tracks means that disturbance from tourists and foresters is high. Forestry activities should take account of the distribution of breeding raptors and old pine trees should not be felled. A reduction in forestry activities within the National Park (hence maintaining the availability of tall nesting trees) is thought to be the main reason behind increasing numbers of Aegypius monachus.
Protection status National Partial International None1,050 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kýzýlcahamam, 1,050 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kızılcahamam Forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/05/2013
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