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Limesticks on Cyprus

Species affected by trapping

Like almost all other bird traps limesticks are non-selective - they catch whatever lands on them. The limesticks on Cyprus are set out in an environment very important for migrant birds in the Eastern Mediterranean - an extremely barren landscape in which every bush and tree are used as resting places. The limesticks are also cunningly placed to provide tempting perches for the birds. The result is that every year more than two million birds of 40 different species, the populations of some of which are highly endangered, get stuck on the sticks and end up in the pot to be served as delicacies

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli)Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli)

The following 51 bird species have been found to date stuck on limesticks during our bird protection camps on Cyprus.

Species scientific name
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Scops Owl Otus scops
Barn owl Tyto alba
Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Great Tit Parus major
Coal Tit Parus ater
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Cretzschmar's bunting Emberiza caesia

Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia)Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia) Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Other affected wildlife

As well as birds, three reptile species are found regularly on limesticks on Cyprus:

Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon)Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) Aegean Bogenfingergecko (Cyrtodactylus kotschyi)Aegean Bogenfingergecko (Cyrtodactylus kotschyi)

Common Chameleon Chamaeleo chamaeleon
Aegean Bogenfingergecko Cyrtodactylus kotschyi
Large Whip Snake Coluber (Hierophis) jugularis

Records dating back to 1967 show that a total of 122 bird species have been found on limesticks and in mist nets on Cyprus.

A full annotated joint report by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter and Friends of the Earth Cyprus, with English, Greek and scientific names, as well as conservation status, can be downloaded below.

Species Affected & Conservation Status - CABS & FoECY.pdf147.27 KB