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Location Cyprus, Paphos District
Central coordinates 32o 30.81' East  34o 57.79' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1
Area 1,556 ha
Altitude 145 - 520m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary This site captures the valley of the Stavros tis Psokas river flowing west from Pafos forest to Evretou dam, and the surrounding area of open landscape dominated by low-intensity farmland and extensive areas of low shrubland. It is principally important for breeding Rollers, Cyprus Wheatears and Black Francolins.

Site description The remote Saramas valley, a new Pafos IBA site, is principally important for breeding European Rollers (Coracias garrulus), though it also hosts good numbers of Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) 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 
European Roller Coracias garrulus breeding  2005-2011  10-40 breeding pairs  medium  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca breeding  2005-2011  200-400 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  57%
Forest Native coniferous woodland  10%
Grassland   5%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  23%
Wetlands (inland)   5%

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 and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Saramas Valley. Downloaded from on 25/11/2015

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