Birdwatching in Troodos Mountains in Cyprus

Kampos tou Livadiou Picnic Site

Troodos birdwatcing in Cyprus is a very popular hobby to locals and tourists. The Short-toed Treecreeper breeds in temperate woodlands across Europe including Cyprus.  It prefers well-grown trees, especially oak and avoids pure stands of conifers. The best place to see this bird is in Troodos Mountains. Some of the best Troodos birdwatching spots are: Kampos tou Livadiou picnic site where you can find the short-toed treecreeper, Crossbill and many other species.

Livadi tou Pashia Picnic Site

Moving east, away from the picnic area towards Nicosia we arrive at Livadi tou pashia, another spot for birdwatching. Several birds are found here but the best spot for bird watching is the Troodos Botanical Garden. Several birds are housed here like short-toed treecreepers, Crassbills, Eurasian chaffinch, Eurasian Hoopoe, Eurasian Wren, Eurasian Jay and many more species.

The Troodos Botanical Garden

The Troodos Botanical Garden is an ideal destination for birdwatching enthusiasts. With its diverse range of flora and fauna, the garden provides a natural habitat for various bird species. Visitors can spot different species of birds such as the European Robin, the Eurasian Blackbird, and the Common Chaffinch. 

Short-toed Treecreeper

The garden’s tranquil environment and the sweet melodies of the birds make it a peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera to capture those stunning moments.

Platres- Kalidonia falls trail

Platres is a good place to stay enable full coverage of the area and is famous for the nightingales which can be heard singing in its densely wooded valleys in the summer. The Kalidonia (Caledonian) falls area/trail on the road between Platres and Troodos is a good area in winter for Siskins, Goldcrest Regulus regulusas, Wrens Troglodytes and Blackbirds all year.

Cedar Valley for Bird watching

Cedar Valley, located in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus, is a prime bird watching location due to its stunning natural beauty and diverse range of bird species. The valley is home to the majestic Griffon Vulture, which is considered one of the rarest birds in Europe. Other notable bird species found in the area include the Eurasian Jay, the Common Chaffinch, and the European Goldfinch. The best time to visit Cedar Valley for bird watching is during the spring and summer months when the birds are most active. With its breathtaking scenery and abundant birdlife, Cedar Valley is a must-visit destination for any bird enthusiast visiting Troodos Mountains.

Prodromos Village

A good area for birdwatching in the winter of the nearby village of Prodromos may hold Dunnock 

Short-toed Treecreeper

Prunella modularis and Goldcrest. Troodos is one of the few remaining areas where the Raven Corvus corax can be observed, albeit infrequently these days. There is also the possibility of raptors such as Goshawk Accipter gentilis and Bonelli’s Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus. The Troodos area has now been declared a Special Protection Area for birds and forms part of the pan-European NATURA 2000 network.

Machairas Forest for Bird watching

The Machairas Forest, located in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus, is another best bird watching spot in the region. The forest is home to a wide variety of bird species, including the Short-toed Eagle, the Bonelli’s Eagle, the European Roller, and the Woodlark. The best time to visit Machairas Forest for bird watching is from late spring to early summer when the birds are most active. The forest’s varied terrain and vegetation make it an ideal habitat for many species of birds. With its stunning natural beauty and diverse range of birdlife, Machairas Forest is a must-visit destination for any bird enthusiast visiting Troodos Mountains.

By Charlie

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