Karpas Peninsula

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
A long, narrow peninsula north-east of the village of Rizokarpasso, with small offshore islands. The IBA includes hills covered mainly by low juniper Juniperus phoenicea forest, with maquis occurring towards the coast.

Key biodiversity
An important area for Francolinus francolinus, which is increasing in numbers following the introduction of a ban on shooting. It has spread throughout the peninsula and south to the Famagusta area, and has been recorded near Avgorou and the Ahna Dam. Many common species are resident or visiting breeders, many more overwinter or occur on passage. It is not uncommon to record 120 different species in a day in April, ranging from Phoenicopterus ruber and raptors to the smallest passerines. Cape Andreas is by far the best birdwatching site for spring and autumn migrants in Cyprus.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats to the IBA have not been fully assessed. There is a proposal for the designation of a protected area covering 5,635 ha of the Karpas peninsula.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Karpas Peninsula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/03/2023.