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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

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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.

Site description This new Limassol area IBA, with its rugged topography, goat-grazed scrubby vegetation and mattoral on the plateaus between the ravines, is a key migration site, part of the across-Cyprus autumn flyway that has the Akrotiri peninsula as its destination. Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus), Common Cranes (Grus grus) and Demoiselle Cranes (Grus virgo) all occur in significant numbers on migration, especially in the autumn months. But the site is also important for breeding birds, the European Roller (Coracias garrulus), and the two endemics, Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). Both Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) nest here.

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 

Habitats

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

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: Paramali River and Plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/05/2015

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