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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

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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.

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 

Habitats

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%

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 28/07/2015

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