|Central coordinates||43o 14.00' East 41o 1.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, B1i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description A freshwater lake (max. 12,350 ha, max. depth 22 m) situated in a volcanic depression between Kýsýr and Akbaba mountains. Extensive marshes and damp pastures border the lake to the north-west, otherwise it is surrounded by hill pasture and has very little fringe vegetation. Four islands are vegetated with low shrub. Human activities include stock-grazing; water is used for hydroelectric power generation and irrigation.
Key Biodiversity Pelecanus sp. formerly bred on the islands. There are recent records of P. onocrotalus and occasional records of P. crispus, but breeding has not been proven for either species. Melanitta fusca is also thought to breed.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea||unknown||1989||350-480 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus||non-breeding||1989||30-50 individuals||poor||A1, A4i, B1i||Vulnerable|
|Larus michahellis||breeding||1989||1,150-1,500 breeding pairs||-||A4i, B1i||Not Recognised|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Cildir Golu UOSA||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||0||unknown||0|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||95%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||5%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Çıldır Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014
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