Birding Factoids

323 species
in 50 families

None of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
2 endemic species
5 endangered species

Checklist of Cyprus BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Check out Guido Band's Cyprus Bird Photo Gallery
and Paul and Andrea Kelly's Cyprus Trip Photos
Cyprus Specialities
Audouin's Gull - Photo copyright James Packer
Photo copyright James Packer

Collared Flycatcher - Photo copyright Steve Bird

Photo copyright Steve Bird

Black Francolin - Photo copyright Steve Bird

Photo copyright Steve Bird
    ....Birdlife Cyprus - the BirdLife  Cyprus web site has the latest 
      information on the conservation of the birds of Cyprus, plus details on what has been seen, what can be seen, where to see them, BirdLife  Cyprus contacts and which other web sites will assist you on your visit to Cyprus. 
    ....Birdwatching Sites in North Cyprus - Most visiting birders are based 
      either at or near Bogaz or Girne (Kyrenia) and sites are described under those two headings.
    ....Nature Trails of the Akamas Peninsula - at the northwest corner of
      Cyprus, the olive groves near the Baths of Aphrodite on the Akamas Peninsula are a significant migrant trap. See also, Akamas, the Cypriot Eden.
    ....Wildlife of Cyprus - provides information on general birdlife as well as 
      a link to information on the last colony of European Audouin seagulls which nest on the small Klidhes isles at the tip of the Karpas Peninsula in North Cyprus.
    ....Flora and Fauna of Cyprus - some interesting information on the  ....Birding Cyprus with Ornitholidays - although this commercial tour 
      date has expired, the detailed itinerary provides information on where to go birding and what you will see in Cyprus. 
    ....Easter Extravaganza in Cyprus - this commercial tour itinerary provides 
      details of birding locations and likely birds to be found at them in Cyprus.
    ....Latest News from Abroad - this commercial site provides up-dated
      details about birdwatching sites abroad. All of these sites are described fully, with detailed maps, in a series of books entitled `Finding Birds in...' (sometimes referred to as Gostours guides). These notes are intended to supplement the books to provide the most complete and up-to-date service possible. Notes are available on Cyprus.
    ....Trip Report: Cyprus, April 12-26, 1995, by Mark and Sandra Dennis
      Based at self catering apartments at Kato Paphos (east side) we had a very productive two weeks birding. We spent a lot of time in the south west corner of the island with occasional trips to the north west coast or towards Limassol. Without doubt Paphos is the place to be and early mornings on the headland produced new birds most days. 
    ....Cyprus Trip Report: April 5th-12th 1995 - by James Packer. We 
      stayed in a small, but perfectly acceptable self-catering apartment in Kato Paphos. We hired a four-wheel drive vehicle for the whole time. A hire car is essential, and a 4x4 is advisable, particularly for the more adventurous birders.
    ....Cyprus Trip Report - late May/early June 1996 - by Colin Davies
      I have received requests by e-mail, asking me for details of my visit to Cyprus in 1996, particularly regarding sites for Cretzchmars Bunting. 
    ....Cyprus Trip Report - 26th March to 9th April 1997 by Alastair Rae 
      and Ann Feltham. Cyprus (or at least the Greek part of it) is a largely hilly land of mimosa and carob trees, scattered ruins of various civilisations, huge British military bases where the Red Arrows practise, deserted Turkish villages, and Keo. The latter company supplies everything liquid - beer, mineral water, sherry ... 
    ....Cyprus Trip Report - by David Collinge - 21st to 28th April 1997.
      We stayed at Sunwing Resort, on the western outskirts of the popular holiday resort, Ayia Napa. This provided an excellent base for a birding holiday, though this area is not optimal for touring the island since it is stuck at the east end of the republic. It is 90 minutes drive from the Akrotiri area or the eastern end of the Troodos (Karpedes) and is at least 2 hours from the more frequented sites in the Troodos and Paphos. See also the sketch map of the birding sites that David visited.
    ....Trip Report: Northern Cyprus, October 28 - November 1, 1998, by
      José Tavares. My first, brief visit to North Cyprus. Didn't do much birdwatching, since I was visiting the island with non-birding friends. We were based west of Girne (between Ye_iltepe and Alsancak), and spent most of the time along the north coast and in the northern slopes of the Be_parmak mountains. On the 30 October went to the easternmost end of the island (Karpaz peninsula/Zafer burnu), where I saw many migrants (pipits, wheatears, thrushes, etc). 
    ....Cyprus Trip Report - by Dave Riley - January, 2000
    ....Cyprus Trip Report  - March 22 - 29, 2000 - from the Cheltenham Bird
      Club. - What a good week – excellent birds, wonderful flowers, a wide and splendid variety of scenery and habitat, friendlylocals, plenty of good food and drink, and all so well organised. The group as a whole had about 118 species, and Steve Palmer added 45 lifers to his personal list! All-in-all, a place to be highly recommended, and a birding holiday with so many good memories. 
    ....Trip Report: Cyprus - British Natural History Museum Tour. 
      By Tim Parmenter .The Natural History Museum led an Adult Education Field study tour to Northern Cyprus from 10th – 22nd April 2000.  The theme was ‘Birds and Flowers of Northern Cyprus’. 
    ....Trip Report: Cyprus - 23rd - 30th April 2000, by Steve Bird. Another ....Trip Report: Cyprus - December 21-27, 2000 - by Ken Tucker
      The weather was generally warm and sunny with one cold, overcast, windy day and two rather hot days. There were a couple of light showers on one day and thunder storms on one night. This holiday was booked as a last minute deal from Gatwick and was not solely a birding holiday although a good deal of birding was done. 
    ....Trip Report: Cyprus - April 11 - 25, 2002. By Dr. Michael Riffel. My
      non-birding wife and my not yet birding son Tom (20 months) wanted a family holiday in Cyprus. Never having visited Cyprus before we selected the Elia Latchi Hotel village in Latchi to be our base for 14 days. We have chosen this resort on the basis of its location in a small village close to the birding hot spots of Evretou dam, Bath of Aphrodite, Neo Chorio and Polis reeds which all were within 15 min drive by car from the hotel. In all we saw 90 species of birds. Birding more intensively would probably have resulted in quite a number of additional species. 
    ....Trip Report: Cyprus - by Guido Band. This site is a photo report 
      of the nature encountered during a trip to Cyprus from April 19 - May 3 2002. On this site you will find lots of bird pictures and information about birds on Cyprus, and additional pictures of the scenery, animals, and flowers. The locations covered were centered around Polis, Akamas and Troodos Mountains, with additional tours to the Limassol and Paphos areas. Cyprus is an excellent birding spot. The high quality of birding on Cyprus stems from its geographical position (close to a major migration route), the climate (warm but not too dry), the availability of water and shelter, and the fact that bird watching has not been spoilt (at least not excessively) by game and exploitation of the land 
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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Cyprus Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!


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Rare Bird Alert

    ....Birdlife Cyprus - the BirdLife  Cyprus web site has the latest 
      information on the conservation of the birds of Cyprus, plus details on what has been seen, what can be seen, where to see them, BirdLife  Cyprus contacts and which other web sites will assist you on your visit to Cyprus. 


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European Endemics and Specialities

in Cyprus

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic can ONLY be found in Cyprus. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Cyprus. 

Endemic Species in Cyprus
(for more information on these birds, visit the North Cyprus Birds website)

___ Cyprus Warbler ___ Cyprus Wheatear
Endangered Birds in Cyprus

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Audouin's Gull
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ White-headed Duck

Other Notable Birds in Cyprus

___ Cinereous Bunting
___ Cyprus Warbler
___ Dead Sea Sparrow
___ Finsch's Wheatear
___ Fire-fronted Serin
___ Graceful Prinia

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