Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Çöl Lake and Çalıkdüzü
31o 51.00' East 39o 19.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A shallow saline lake (max. 1,500 ha) lying in a closed basin (çalýkdüzü) 75 km south of Ankara. It is fed by small streams and largely dries up during summer. Wet grazing-marshes and extensive Typha beds are found at the southern and northern ends of the lake. Arable cultivation takes place in the higher, drier areas.
Key Biodiversity The site supports significant numbers of breeding Charadrius leschenaultii. Large numbers of wildfowl winter, whilst Phoenicopterus ruber, Oxyura leucocephala and Himantopus himantopus occur principally during the post-breeding season.