CY032
Mesaoria Plain


Country/territory: Cyprus

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

Area: 18,217 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Cyprus

Site description
This new and extensive IBA site captures an important part of the central Mesaoria plain and is almost entirely dominated by cereal fields. Though more intensively managed and man-dominated than most other IBAs, it is the top breeding site on
the island for three species typical of open, flat and dry landscapes: Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) and Calandra Lark
(Melanocorypha calandra). It is also a very important site for Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) and has European Roller (Coracias garrulus) and Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) among other non-qualifying breeders.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mesaoria Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/12/2019.