CY023
Cha Potami River


Year of compilation: 2012

Site description
This new IBA is the easternmost of the four ‘valley’ IBAs carved by rivers flowing from the Troodos massif to the south-west coast. The main qualifying species are European Roller (Coracias garrulus) and Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), while this is also an Endemic Bird Area site with both Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) found in good numbers here. The site is also notable as an important feeding area for the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) and also hosts a breeding pair of Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and 3-4 pairs of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Like in all four ‘valley’ sites, at Cha Potami too there is an autumn raptor passage.

Key biodiversity

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cha Potami River. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/08/2022.