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Location Cyprus, Larnaca District
Central coordinates 33o 35.15' East  35o 0.19' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 4,521 ha
Altitude 40 - 330m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

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Summary This is a lowland site on the southern edge of the central Mesaoria plain, dominated by shrubland and cereal fields and is important for species that favor such open, dry landscapes like the Roller, the Stone Curlew and the Calandra Lark.

Site description This lowland site, on the southern edge of the central Mesaoria plain, is dominated by phrygana and cereal fields and is important for species that favor such open, dry landscapes. European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) and Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra) are the most important qualifying species for a new IBA site that has the peculiarity of being partly within the UN-controlled buffer zone. Also of note as additional qualifying species are Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata) and Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus).

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 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  2005-2011  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005-2011  10-50 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra breeding  2005-2011  50-249 breeding pairs  poor  C6  Least Concern 
Crested Lark Galerida cristata breeding  2005-2011  1,000-2,499 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca breeding  2005-2011  150-450 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  25%
Grassland   20%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  22%
Other   23%
Rocky areas   10%

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: Koshi-Pallourokampos and Troulloi Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/08/2015

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