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Location Cyprus, Limassol District
Central coordinates 32o 49.01' East  34o 43.89' North
IBA criteria A1, B1i, B3, C1, C2, C3
Area 2,349 ha
Altitude 115 - 670m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary This IBA with its goat-grazed scrubby vegetation on the steep sides of river beds is part of the within-Cyprus autumn flyway that has the Akrotiri peninsula as its destination. Red-footed Falcons, Common Cranes and Demoiselle Cranes all occur in significant numbers on migration, especially in the autumn months.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus passage  2005-2011  50-450 individuals  medium  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo passage  2005-2011  200-400 individuals  medium  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus passage  2005-2011  100-2,000 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Least Concern 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005-2011  10-40 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  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  300-500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
POTAMOS PARAMALIOU CY5000009 Birds Directive 1,783 protected area contained by site 1,781  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  68%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  32%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Paramali River and Plateau. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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