Paramali River and Plateau

Country/territory: Cyprus

IBA Criteria met: A1, B1i, B3, C1, C2, C3 (2012)
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Area: 2,349 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Cyprus

Site description
This new Limassol area IBA, with its rugged topography, goat-grazed scrubby vegetation and mattoral on the plateaus between the ravines, is a key migration site, part of the across-Cyprus autumn flyway that has the Akrotiri peninsula as its destination. Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus), Common Cranes (Grus grus) and Demoiselle Cranes (Grus virgo) all occur in significant numbers on migration, especially in the autumn months. But the site is also important for breeding birds, the European Roller (Coracias garrulus), and the two endemics, Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). Both Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) nest here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Paramali River and Plateau. Downloaded from on 09/04/2020.