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Location Turkey, Mus
Central coordinates 42o 9.00' East  39o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 33,310 ha
Altitude 1,460 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  10 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  20-25 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  150-250 individuals  A1, B2  Vulnerable 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo breeding  10-15 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1-2 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2002  1,000-3,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius passage  1989  120-155 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Critically Endangered 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni passage  2002  1,000 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Near Threatened 
Sterna nilotica breeding  2002  300 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

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

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Water fringe vegetation  65%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Ruderal land  30%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
not utilised 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bulanık and Malazgirt Plains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/10/2014

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