Cape Greco

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA criteria met: A1, B1iv, B2, B3, C1, C5 (2012)
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Area: 1,209 ha

BirdLife Cyprus

Site summary
The South-East corner of Cyprus is a key migration site, especially for raptors. Two raptors of global conservation concern, the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) and the Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) pass through Cape Greco in significant numbers, while the site is also a raptor ‘bottleneck’, with over 3,000 birds of prey regularly using the area in the autumn. Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus), Redfooted Falcons (Falco vespertinus) and Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) are the most numerous of the migrating raptors. The important breeding birds at the site are the two endemics, Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) and the Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus). Cape Greco is also a ‘bottleneck’ for migrating passerines, a fact that does not escape the unwelcome and destructive attentions of illegal bird trappers.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cape Greco. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.