Ezousa Valley and Cliffs

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA Criteria met: A1, B2, B3, C1, C6 (2012)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 7,492 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Cyprus

Site description
This new IBA site covers the valley of the Ezousa River plus surrounding areas and hosts a variety of vegetation communities and a rich bird community. The main qualifying species are European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), which all have important breeding populations in this remote area. Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) are also found in good numbers here, as are the qualifying game species Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) and Chukar (Alectoris chukar). This site is also an important feeding area for the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) and hosts one breeding pair of Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata). The valley - the westernmost of the four ‘valley’ IBAs carved by rivers flowing from the Troodos massif to the south-west coast – is also important for raptor autumn passage.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ezousa Valley and Cliffs. Downloaded from on 27/10/2020.