|Central coordinates||28o 38.00' East 36o 52.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description A brackish lake (6,300 ha; max. depth 30 m) fed by springs and several streams. Extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) are found along the east, south-east and northern shores. The delta consists of a labyrinth of (former) flood-plains, reedbeds, lakes and sand beaches. Arable land and forested hills surround the IBA, which also includes a few hundred hectares of Liquidambar forest. Economic activities include greenhouse farming and cattle-grazing.
Key Biodiversity This is an important site for wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (thought to breed in the surrounds).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina||winter||-||341-800 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides||breeding||-||50-60 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus||winter||1996||40 individuals||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo||winter||-||1,525-3,112 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Common Coot Fulica atra||winter||-||2,201-119,000 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||27,142-125,489 individuals||-||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Köycegiz - Dalyan||Specially Protected Area||38,500||protected area contains site||14,000|
|Marmaris MP||National Park||29,162||protected area overlaps with site||5,616|
|Mugla Koycegiz YHGS||Wildlife Development Area||31,483||protected area contains site||14,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Alluvial and very wet forest||-|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||-|
|Coastline||Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International High8,000 ha of IBA covered by Mediterranean Specially Protected Area (Köyceðiz Dalyan, 38,500 ha).
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