Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Bulanık and Malazgirt Plains
42o 9.00' East 39o 11.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description The valley and flood-plains of the Murat river, which here is fast-flowing with islands and gravel spits. One island complex lies to the north of the town of Bulanýk, whilst another large vegetated island is situated to the west. To the north, the plain is bordered by hills; to the south of the river are large tracts of arable land and hay-meadows. Cattle graze on the flood-plain.
Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding waterbirds and raptors. Otis tarda occurs regularly in significant numbers and is thought to breed in the surrounding area. The IBA is the best-known Turkish locality for Anthropoides virgoseveral pairs breed (max. 21 individuals).