Konya Closed Basin

Konya Closed Basin

Samsam Lake

City: Konya

Provinces: Kulu

Surface Area: 830

Altitude: 980 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with kiliçgaga (max. 616).

Main Characteristics: light salty lake

samsam lake birding area


Kozanli Gökgöl

City: Konya

Provinces: Kulu

Surface Area: 650

Altitude: 925 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: Dikkuyruk (10 pairs) and küçük kerkenez (10 pairs in Kozanli town) reproduce.

Main Characteristics: sweet water lake, swamp 


Kulu Lake

City: Konya

Provinces: Kulu

Surface Area: 860

Altitude: 950 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It hosts yaz ördegi (3 pairs), Macar ördegi (20 pairs), paspas patka (10 pairs), dikkuyruk (30 pairs), kilicgaga (250 pairs), büyük cilibit, Akdeniz martisi (400 pairs) and gülen sumru. There are kara boyunlu batagan (max. 2055), angit(max. 10.000), dikkuyruk (max. 319), uzunbacak (max. 4000), kiliçgaga (max. 1000) and akça cilibit (max. 300). Sometimes sakarca (max. 9718) can be seen.

Main Characteristics: light salty lake

kulu lake bird watching area


Eregli Reed Bed

City: Konya, Karaman

Provinces: Eregli, Karapinar, Ayranci

Surface Area : 37000

Altitude: 998 m

Protection: partially

Bird Species: Küçük karabatak (600 pairs), ak pelikan (23 pairs), tepeli pelikan (düzensiz olarak reproduce), alaca balikçil (30 pairs), erguvani balikçil (50 pairs), çeltikçi (50 pairs), kasikçi (20 pairs), flamingo (300 pairs), boz ördek (20 pairs), yaz ördegi (5 pairs), Macar ördegi (500 pairs), paspas patka (10 pairs), dikkuyruk (50 pairs), küçük kerkenez (20 pairs), kiliçgaga (75 pairs), bataklikkirlangici(50 pairs), büyük cilibit, mahmuzlu kizkusu (20 pairs) and küçük sumru (60 pairs) are reproducing with important numbers.

Main Characteristics: sweet water swamp, steppe

eregli reed bed birding area


Karapinar Plains

City: Konya

Provinces: Karapinar, Emirgazi

Surface Area : 15200

Altitude: 960 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status due to büyük cilibit population and important numbers present during winter sakarca (max. 14.000) and angit (max. 900).

Main Characteristics: light salty lake, salty swamp

karapinar plains birding area


Esmekaya Reed Bed

City: Aksaray

Provinces: Aksaray Merkez, Eskil

Surface Area : 11250

Altitude: 845 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with macar ördegi (30 pairs), çayir delicesi (15 pairs), küçük kerkenez (12 pairs) and mahmuzlu kizkusu (10 pairs) population. There are important numbers of water birds during winter (max. 21.327), leading by sakarca (max. 19.400). Leylek (max. 9550) and bataklik kirlangici (max. 150) can be seen during immigration.

Main Characteristics: sweet and salty lakes, swamp

esmekaya bird watching area


Beysehir Lake

City: Konya, Isparta

Provinces: Beysehir, Hüyük, Yenisarbademli, Sarkikaraagaç

Surface Area : 73000

Altitude : 1123 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with important number wintering water birds (max. 213.824), including macar ördegi (max.603), elmabas patka (max. 47.883) and sakarmeke (max. 163.378).

Main Characteristics: sweet water lake

beysehir lake bird watching area


Sugla Lake

City: Konya

Provinces: Seydisehir, Yalihüyük

Surface Area : 16500

Altitude : 1095 m

Protection: N/A

Main Characteristics: sweet water lake

sugla lake bird watching area


Hotamis Reed Bed

City: Konya

Provinces: Cumra, Karapinar

Surface Area : 16500

Altitude: 999 m

Protection: partially

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with küçük karabatak (25 pairs), küçük balaban (30 pairs), alaca balikçil (50 pairs), çeltikçi (75 pairs), yaz ördegi (20 pairs), Macar ördegi (30 pairs), dikkuyruk (40 pairs), bataklik Kirlangici (100 pairs), büyük cilibit and mahmuzlu kizkusu (40 pairs) populations. Also there are pasbas patka (max. 89), dikkuyruk (max. 354) and uzunbacak.

Main Characteristics: sweet water swamp, small salt lake

hotamis red bed birding area


Bolluk Lake

City: Konya

Provinces: Cihanbeyli

Surface Area : 1150

Altitude: 925 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with kasikçi (30 pairs), kiliçgaga (55 pairs), Akdeniz martisi (2250 pairs) and gülen sumru (400 pairs) populations.

Main Characteristics: salt lake, salt pans


Tersakan Lake

City: Konya

Provinces: Cihanbeyli

Surface Area : 6400

Altitude: 920 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: It gains important bird areas status with kiliçgaga population. During winter, there are important numbers of water birds (max. 20.841), leading sakarca (max. 14.700).

Main Characteristics: salt lake, salt pans


Salt Lake

City: Konya, Aksaray, Ankara

Provinces: Konya, Aksaray, Ankara

Surface Area : 260000

Altitude: 905 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: Biggest flamingo colony of our country lives here. During the aerial counting performed on 1992, it is determined that colony includes 14.000 pairs of flamingo. Küçük kerkenez is specie, which widely reproduces within villages surrounding lake. Kiliçgaga and büyük cilibit is also breeding. During winter sakarca (max. 12500) can be seen.

Main Characteristics: salt lake, steppe