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Location Turkey, Adana,Kayseri,Nigde
Central coordinates 35o 17.85' East  37o 48.82' North
IBA criteria A3, B2
Area 242,097 ha
Altitude 450 - 3,756m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description An extensive mountainous area situated in the eastern Taurus range. The western part of the IBA is barren and rocky; the eastern part is covered with forests comprising Pinus, Abies, Cedrus and Juniperus. Alpine pasture and exposed stony fell occurs at higher altitudes.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding raptors and other upland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius breeding  20 breeding pairs  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus breeding  5 breeding pairs  B2  Near Threatened 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus breeding  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria breeding  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis breeding  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeding  abundant  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2012 very high not assessed low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Adana Pozanti Karanfildag YHGS Wildlife Development Area 31,020 protected area contained by site 31,020  
Aladaglar MP National Park 55,064 protected area contained by site 55,064  
Kayseri Yahyalar Aladaglar YHGS Wildlife Development Area 7,321 protected area contained by site 7,321  
Nigde Camardi Demirkazik YHGS Wildlife Development Area 18,674 protected area contained by site 18,674  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Mixed woodland  46%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  27%
Savanna   27%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation 10%
agriculture 90%

Protection status National High International None54,514 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Aladaðlar, 54,514 ha). Two Permanent Wildlife Reserves (totalling 66,854 ha) largely overlap with the IBA.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aladağlar. Downloaded from on 27/03/2015

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