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Location Cyprus, Famagusta District
Central coordinates 33o 54.54' East  35o 8.35' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 448 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary An extensive, though fragmented, complex of fresh and brackish marshes and pools on the outskirts of Famagusta town. Τhe site attracts a wide range of waterbirds, notably breeding Black-winged Stilt and Spur-winged Lapwing. The lakes are also the only known breeding site for Glossy Ibis in Cyprus. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus breeding  2005-2011  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  2005-2012  10-20 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  2005-2011  2-10 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Not Recognised 
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus breeding  2005-2011  2-10 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  12%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  1%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  26%
Other   2%
Wetlands (inland)   59%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Famagusta Lakes. Downloaded from on 25/04/2015

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