|Location||Cyprus, Limassol District,Paphos District|
|Central coordinates||32o 44.08' East 34o 46.36' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, B2, C1, C6|
|Altitude||70 - 1,000m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2012|
Summary This site covers the valley of Ha-Potami River plus surrounding areas and hosts a variety of vegetation communities dominated by Olive and Carob trees and shrubland, creating a landscape mosaic attractive to a rich bird community. The site is of importance to birds of the open countryside, like Rollers and Long-legged Buzzards, while also being an Endemic Bird Area site with significant populations of the endemic Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler.
Site description This new IBA is the easternmost of the four ‘valley’ IBAs carved by rivers flowing from the Troodos massif to the south-west coast. The main qualifying species are European Roller (Coracias garrulus) and Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), while this is also an Endemic Bird Area site with both Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) found in good numbers here. The site is also notable as an important feeding area for the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) and also hosts a breeding pair of Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and 3-4 pairs of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Like in all four ‘valley’ sites, at Cha Potami too there is an autumn raptor passage.
|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|
|Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus||breeding||2005-2011||2-4 breeding pairs||good||C6||Least Concern|
|European Roller Coracias garrulus||breeding||2005-2011||15-50 breeding pairs||medium||A1, C1||Least Concern|
|Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax||breeding||2005-2011||1,500-2,500 breeding pairs||medium||A2, B2||Least Concern|
|Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca||breeding||2005-2011||500-750 breeding pairs||medium||A2, B2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land; Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves||32%|
|Forest||Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Broadleaved evergreen woodland; Native coniferous woodland||1%|
|Shrubland||Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis; Scrub||55%|
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: Cha Potami River. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2016
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