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Location Greece, Ipiros
Central coordinates 20o 54.00' East  39o 48.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 46,500 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,810m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site is dominated by hills covered with Quercus forest.

Key Biodiversity An important site for forest species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Endangered 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1997  5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Strix aluco resident  present  B3  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1997  common  C6  Least Concern 
Picus viridis resident  1997  common  B2  Not Recognised 
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli breeding  1997  frequent  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ag. Athanasios--Sipitoura/Aspraggelon--Elatis Game Refuge 710 protected area overlaps with site 710  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  85%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  10%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 70%
agriculture 70%
tourism/recreation 5%

Protection status National Low International None710 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Ag. Athanasios-Sipitoura/Aspraggelon-Elatis, 710 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Central part of Zagori and Mount Mitsikeli. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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