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  • the bird observation places

    Birdwatching is an engrossing activity in Türkiye, with over 465 species of birds in the country, many of which are specific to their geographical region. There is a Bird Sanctuary project which works towards preserving the wetland habitat that many birds call home.

    Manyas Bird Paradise National Park in the Marmara region boasts pelicans, herons, swans, and ducks, while the wetland Sultan Marshes Bird Sanctuary is home to cranes and flamingos.

    Efteni Lake Bird Sanctuary is located on a migration route, and Bafa Lake Bird Sanctuary in Muğla is one spot to observe endangered species like sea eagles.

    Göksu Delta in Mersin is also on a major migration route, and the rare purple gallinule is a symbol of the region.

    The full list of places where you can observe the birds in Türkiye:

    In Marmara Region

     Meriç River Basin, İğneada Forests; Manyas, Uluabat and İznik Lakes.

    In Black Sea Region

    Kızılırmak River Basin, Kelkit Valley, Sarıkum Desert; Eastern Black Sea and Ilgaz Mountains.

    In Aegean Region

    Gediz and Büyük Menderes River Basins; Marmara and Bafa Lakes.

    In Mediterranean Region

    Seyhan, Ceyhan and Göksu River Basins; Amanos, Bolkar and Beydağları Mountains; Tuzla Lake, Yumurtalık Lagoon.

    In Central Anatolia Region

    Tuz, Akşehir, Eber, Kula, Seyfe, Sultansazlığı and Palas Lakes.

    In Eastern Anatolia Region

    Munzur Mountains; Bulanık and Malazgirt Plateaus; Arın, Erçek and Haçlı Lakes.

    In Southeastern Region

    Güney Fırat Valley and Birecik Steppes.