Pafos Plain

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA criteria met: A1, B1iii, B1iv, B2, C1, C2, C5, C6 (2012)
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Area: 2,286 ha

BirdLife Cyprus

Site summary
The flat coastal plain where the Ezousa, Xeros and Diarizos rivers have their deltas is dominated by intensive arable agriculture, but this is nonetheless one of the key migration areas in Cyprus. Pafos Plain is a “bottleneck” site for migrant raptors, with many hundreds coming through, especially in the autumn, with Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and Redfooted Falcon (Falco vespertinus) prominent among these.The Red-footed Falcon is a qualifying species in its own right for this site, with up to 1,000 birds using the area in autumn. The site is also notable as one of the most important breeding areas for Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) and Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus). The coastal site is also one of the few breeding sites for the Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) in Cyprus, though numbers are small.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pafos Plain. Downloaded from on 05/06/2023.