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Location Turkey, Aksaray,Ankara,Kirsehir
Central coordinates 33o 42.00' East  38o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i
Area 68,880 ha
Altitude 851 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A large reservoir (max. depth 70 m) on the Kýzýlýrmak river, north-east of Tuz lake (site 072). Up to 7,000 ha of mudflats appear during periods of low water-levels. The area is surrounded by arable land. The dam provides hydroelectric power and serves flood-control purposes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea passage  850-2,070 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  596-3,560 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina winter  9,915-13,430 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula winter  2,170-14,550 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  25-122 individuals  A1, B1i  Endangered 
Common Coot Fulica atra winter  21,207-68,350 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  23,435-133,809 individuals  A4iii   

Protected areas

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


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
water management -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hirfanlı Reservoir. Downloaded from on 23/09/2014

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