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Location Cyprus, Limassol District,Paphos District
Central coordinates 32o 40.90' East  34o 39.29' North
IBA criteria A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6
Area 744 ha
Altitude 0 - 250m
Year of IBA assessment 2012

BirdLife Cyprus

Summary The precipitous, coastal, chalk cliffs of Cape Aspro are a small site of great importance as one of only two nesting sites for Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) in Cyprus. The open, scrubby areas immediately behind the cliffs that the falcons make their nest on are important as feeding areas for these birds. The site also hosts breeding Mediterranean Shags (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii), though not in great enough numbers to meet any qualifying criteria.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae breeding  2005-2011  40-75 breeding pairs  good  A4ii, B1iii, B2, C2, C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2013 medium not assessed not assessed
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  5%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  15%
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas  1%
Other   5%
Sea Open Sea  74%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised 100%

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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: Cape Aspro. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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