Cha Potami River

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2012 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus LC breeding 2005-2011 50-249 breeding pairs B2
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus LC breeding 2005-2011 2-4 breeding pairs C6
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 2005-2011 15-50 breeding pairs A1, C1
Cyprus Warbler Curruca melanothorax LC breeding 2005-2011 1,500-2,500 breeding pairs A2, B2
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca LC breeding 2005-2011 500-750 breeding pairs A2, B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2012).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zoni Eidikis Prostasias Cha - Potami Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 8,033 protected area overlaps with site 6,975
Troodos Range to South West Shores Περιοχές Εξαιρετικής Φυσικής Καλλονής 238,818 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dasos Ranti Ακτές και Περιοχές Προστασίας της Φύσης 1,437 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dasos Orites Ακτές και Περιοχές Προστασίας της Φύσης 1,420 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cha - Potami Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,627 protected area overlaps with site 2,211


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Broadleaved evergreen woodland, Native coniferous woodland -
Grassland -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Other -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cha Potami River. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.