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Location Turkey, Bitlis
Central coordinates 42o 59.00' East  38o 48.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 4,387 ha
Altitude 1,650 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A shallow, spring-fed saline lake separated from Lake Van (site 096) by an alluvial ridge. There is no outlet and up to 50% of the lake dries out during summer. Some marshland is present at the fringes where freshwater occurs. Low hills and non-irrigated arable land surround the lake. Limited stock-grazing occurs along the shoreline.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea non-breeding  2,000-8,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina non-breeding  2000  11,590 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  25-30 breeding pairs  A1, B1i, B2  Endangered 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala non-breeding  280-800 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis non-breeding  4,000-8,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus non-breeding  440-1,000 individuals  B1i  Not Recognised 
Little Stint Calidris minuta non-breeding  2,000-3,000 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sodali Gol UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  90%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 5%
not utilised 85%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sodalıgöl (Arın Lake). Downloaded from on 26/10/2014

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