Adelphoi Forest - Papoutsa

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA criteria met: A2, A3, B2, B3, C6 (2012)
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Area: 17,048 ha

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IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed high not assessed
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Site summary
This is an extensive upland site within the Troodos range, with varied landscapes and elevation ranging from just below 500m to over 1,600m. This key site is important for many breeding species including priority species typical of the Troodos forests, and qualifies as an Endemic Bird Area site with significant populations of the endemic Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). Significant numbers of breeding Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus), Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia) and Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala), along with the two endemics, are components of the typical Mediterranean scrub biome bird community, allowing the site to qualify as one of only four Mediterranean Biome sites in Cyprus. The site also hosts significant populations of Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus). In addition, this site has significant breeding numbers of European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) and Woodlark (Lullula arborea) and of the endemic Cyprus sub-species of Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla dorothea) and Cyprus Coal Tit (Parus ater cypriotes), while the two other endemic sub-species, the Cyprus Jay (Garrulus glandarius glaszneri) and Cyprus Scops Owl (Otus scops cyprius) also breed here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Adelphoi Forest - Papoutsa. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.