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Location Turkey, Izmir
Central coordinates 26o 28.00' East  38o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4ii, B1ii, B2
Area 87,260 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,212m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description An extensive peninsula of 1250 m altitude situated between Ildir and Izmir bays.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan non-breeding  1996  850 individuals  medium  A4ii, B1ii  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  2001  20-30 breeding pairs  medium  A1  Least Concern 
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii breeding  2001  23 breeding pairs  good  A1, B2  Near Threatened 
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  1996  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1996  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli breeding  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala breeding  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1996  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Krueper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi breeding  rare  A3  Near Threatened 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea breeding  1996  rare  A3  Near Threatened 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  1996  abundant  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ildir Korfezi Adalari SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 957 protected area contained by site 957  
Ildir Korfezi Adalari GR Game Reserve 670 protected area contained by site 670  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   24%
Shrubland Scrub  44%
Sea Open Sea  32%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting 10%
tourism/recreation 10%
not utilised 80%
fisheries/aquaculture -

Protection status National High International None670 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Ildir Körfezi Adalari, 670 ha). The majority of the Karaburun Peninsula is protected under SIT Status.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karaburun and İldir Strait Islands. Downloaded from on 07/05/2015

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