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Location Turkey, Ankara,Konya
Central coordinates 31o 51.00' East  39o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Area 42,170 ha
Altitude 1,045 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1970  9,365-14,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea non-breeding  300-900 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala non-breeding  1991  27 individuals  A1  Endangered 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus non-breeding  4,000-8,800 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  1998  20 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  2000  35-45 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  2000  2-8 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus non-breeding  350-1,000 individuals  B1i  Not Recognised 
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii breeding  10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1998  20 breeding pairs  B2  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

2013 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Anser albifrons Greater White-fronted Goose 6500 0 - 0 very unfavourable
Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck 1296 1657 unknown 100 favourable
Anas crecca Common Teal 4300 1688 unknown 40 unfavourable
Grus grus Common Crane 2 0 adults only 0 very unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Col Golu ve Calikduzu UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation  30%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  30%
Grassland   40%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
not utilised 75%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Çöl Lake and Çalıkdüzü. Downloaded from on 07/02/2016

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