Atsas-Agios Theodoros Area

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA Criteria met: B2, B3, C6 (2012)
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Area: 2,924 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Cyprus

Site description
This new IBA is situated west of Nicosia and extends from the edge of the dry Mesaoria plain, where the site is dominated by cereal-growing to the pine-covered foothills of the Troodos range, rising from 300m to 800m in elevation. The site is notable principally for important numbers of breeding Woodlarks (Lullula arborea), but also hosts good breeding populations of Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus) and Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia) as well as of the two endemics, Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). In its lower reaches, the site is important for breeding Black Francolins (Francolinus francolinus).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Atsas-Agios Theodoros Area. Downloaded from on 12/08/2020.