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Location Greece, Central Macedonia
Central coordinates 22o 12.00' East  41o 6.00' North
IBA criteria B3, C6
Area 13,154 ha
Altitude 400 - 2,182m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description Mounts Tzena and Pinovo form the central part of the Aridaia mountain range. The vegetation comprises extensive broadleaved forests and alpine and subalpine grassland. The site lies adjacent to site 009 in the FYR Macedonia.

Key Biodiversity This is an important breeding and foraging site for raptors. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (non-breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1996  common  B3, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pinovo-Tzena/Notias Game Refuge 5,199 protected area overlaps with site 5,199  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Treeline ecotone  48%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  12%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  32%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 30%
military 10%
tourism/recreation 10%
water management 5%
not utilised 20%

Protection status National Partial International High5,000 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pinovo-Tzena/Notias, 5,199 ha). 5,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ori Tzena, 12,579 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mounts Tzena and Pinovo. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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