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Location Cyprus, Kyrenia District,Nicosia District
Central coordinates 32o 59.28' East  35o 20.54' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2, B3, C2, C6
Area 9,789 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary On the north-western part of the island, Kormakitis Peninsula with its rocky coastline, extensive areas of low scrub, patches of lowland pine forest and low-intensity cereal-growing land, is of importance for passing waterbirds along its coastline and for breeding birds, like the Nightjar and the two endemics.

Site description This out-of-the-way site is of importance primarily as a breeding site for the nocturnal European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) and for the passage of waterbirds along its coastline, with Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) being the key species. But this windswept and picturesque new IBA is also of note for breeding Black Francolins (Francolinus francolinus), Chukar Partridges (Alectoris chukar), Crested Larks (Galerida cristata) and also for the two endemics: Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax).

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 
Egretta garzetta passage  2005-2011  400-800 individuals  medium  B1i, C2  Not Recognised 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  2005-2011  50-150 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Crested Lark Galerida cristata breeding  2005-2011  2,000-3,000 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax breeding  2005-2011  1,000-2,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca breeding  2005-2011  500-1,500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas  39%
Forest Native coniferous woodland  17%
Grassland   1%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub  39%
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches  3%
Other   minor
Rocky areas   minor

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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kormakitis Peninsula. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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