Wednesday, 20. June 2012 Website Admin
Hundreds of flamingos overwinter every year in in Cyprus. Their most favourite spot is the salt lake in Larnaca next to the runways of the Larnaca Airport. In December 2011 even a total of 12,093 flamingos were spotted there, way more than the 3,500 spotted in 2010 and the most since 2000, when only 1,692 were seen. Generally Cyprus is a major staging post used twice a year as migratory birds move between Africa, Europe and Eurasia. Over 200 species occur as regular passage migrants in varying numbers, where as the resident species are quite low in number, some 50 odd species, with a further 40 or more species that are migrants, which regularly or occasionally breed. The Cyprus list currently stands at 379 species. Cyprus has two endemic species, the Cyprus Wheatear (Oenanthe cypriaca) and the Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax). In addition there are four endemic subspecies, Cyprus Scops Owl (Otus scops cyprius), Coal Tit (Parus ater cypriotes), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla dorotheae) and Cyprus Jay (Garrulus glandarius glaszneri).