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Location Cyprus, Paphos District
Central coordinates 32o 38.02' East  34o 54.10' North
IBA criteria B2, B3
Area 947 ha
Altitude 600 - 1,120m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary This site comprises the high limestone plateau of Vouni Panagias and is dominated by vineyards. The steep rocks as well as the shrubland vegetation hosts breeding forest birds including Masked Shrikes, Cyprus Wheatears and Cretzschmar's Buntings.

Site description This is a distinctive IBA site, comprising the high limestone plateau of Vouni Panagias, at around 1,000m elevation. The area is dominated by vineyards and is of importance as a designated Special Protection Area (SPA), with good breeding populations of Masked Shrike (Lanius nubicus), Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia). Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) also nest here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  2005-2011  40-80 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca breeding  2005-2011  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  2005-2011  50-80 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  minor
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  94%

References Hellicar, M.A., Anastasi, V., Beton, D. & Snape, R. (2014). Important Bird Areas of Cyprus. BirdLife Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Vouni Panagias. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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