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Location Cyprus, Paphos District
Central coordinates 32o 32.27' East  34o 49.93' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 7,492 ha
Altitude 65 - 710m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary This site covers the valley of the Ezousa River plus surrounding areas and hosts a variety of vegetation communities from low-intensity farmland and grazed grasslands to shrubland, creating a landscape mosaic attractive to a rich bird community. The site is of importance to birds of the open countryside, like Rollers and Long-legged Buzzards.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chukar Alectoris chukar breeding  2005-2011  1,000-1,500 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus breeding  2005-2011  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  2005-2011  3-5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus breeding  2005-2011  4-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005-2011  20-80 breeding pairs  medium  A1, B2, C1, C6  Near Threatened 
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax breeding  2005-2011  1,000-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca breeding  2005-2011  500-1,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Episkopi Morou Nerou CY4000005 Habitats Directive 419 protected area contained by site 419  
KOILADA EZOUSAS CY4000021 Birds Directive 4,720 protected area contained by site 4,716  
KREMMOI EZOUZAS CY4000022 Birds Directive 1,571 protected area contained by site 1,569  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves; Urban parks and gardens  50%
Grassland   11%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  39%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ezousa Valley and Cliffs. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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