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At Akrotiri Peninsula 308 bird species were recorded, of which 100 are in Schedule 1 to the Game and Wild Birds Ordinance.  Cyprus is home to only 50 resident bird species but is host to over 200 visiting species during the spring and autumn migrations between Africa and Eurasia.  Large numbers of songbirds including Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Song thrush (Turdus philomelos), Redwing (Turdus iliacus), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Black-cap (Sylvia atricapilla), Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) and wagtails (Motacilla spp.), appear during spring and autumn migrations. Visiting raptors include Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivprus), Black Kite (Milvus migrans) and Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus).

The European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivprus) is a summer resident in Europe that winters in west-central equatorial Africa. Hundreds are observed migrating through the Akrotiri peninsula in the autumn, mainly during the second half of September.

© Thomas Hadjikyriakou
(Features of Natural Interest, 5 of 12 - Slide ref. 710)