This new and extensive IBA site captures an important part of the central Mesaoria plain and is almost entirely dominated by cereal fields. Though more intensively managed and man-dominated than most other IBAs, it is the top breeding site on the island for three species typical of open, flat and dry landscapes: Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) and Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra). It is also a very important site for Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) and has European Roller (Coracias garrulus) and Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) among other non-qualifying breeders.
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