Mesaoria Plain

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 250-999 breeding pairs B2
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus LC breeding 2005-2011 50-249 breeding pairs B2, C6
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra LC breeding 2005-2011 250-999 breeding pairs C6
Crested Lark Galerida cristata LC breeding 2005-2011 2,500-9,999 breeding pairs B2

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)
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Other urban and industrial areas, Arable land -
Grassland -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mesaoria Plain. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.