|Location||Cyprus, Famagusta District|
|Central coordinates||33o 54.54' East 35o 8.35' North|
|IBA criteria||B2, C6|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2012|
Summary An extensive, though fragmented, complex of fresh and brackish marshes and pools on the outskirts of Famagusta town. The 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.
Site description An extensive, though fragmented, complex of marshes, pools and brackish lagoons on the outskirts of Famagusta town. Water levels vary both seasonally and from year-to-year at this newly identified IBA. Though the site attracts a wide range of waterbirds, it is most important as a regular breeding site for Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) and Spur-winged Lapwings (Vanellus spinosus). The lakes are also the only known breeding site for Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in Cyprus, which first nested at the site in 2011. Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis), Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Squacco Herons (Ardeola ralloides) also nest in the tamarisk bushes favored by the Ibises.
|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%|
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 (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Famagusta Lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/10/2015
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