Famagusta Lakes

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
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus LC breeding 2005-2012 10-20 breeding pairs C6
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 2005-2011 2-10 breeding pairs C6
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus LC breeding 2005-2011 2-10 breeding pairs B2, C6

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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Other urban and industrial areas -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Famagusta Lakes. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.