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Location Greece, Thessalia
Central coordinates 22o 49.00' East  39o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B2, B3, C1, C2, C6
Area 17,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,054m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A mountain between the Thessalian plain and Aegean Sea. The north-east facing slopes are well forested, whilst the south-western slopes are dominated by scrub.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for its resident raptors and forest species. Breeding birds include nine of the 21 species that are restricted in Europe to the Mediterranean biome (when breeding). Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila clanga (wintering), Aquila heliaca (non-breeding).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca resident  1995  20-50 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Near Threatened 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  1995  abundant  A1, C1  Least Concern 
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus resident  1995  1-3 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes breeding  1995  10-20 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus resident  1995  6-8 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina breeding  1995  4-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus breeding  1994  4-6 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1995  10-30 breeding pairs  poor  C2  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1995  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1995  100-300 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator breeding  1995  100-300 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  1995  5-10 breeding pairs  medium  A3, B2  Least Concern 
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis breeding  1995  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1995  20-50 breeding pairs  medium  A3, C6  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1995  common  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1995  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1995  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1995  common  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1995  abundant  A3  Least Concern 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  1995  10-30 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dasia Platania/Skitis--Amigdalis--Potamias Game Refuge 804 protected area overlaps with site 0  
KARLA - MAVROVOUNI - KEFALOVRYSO VELESTINOU - NEOCHORI - GR1420004 Habitats Directive 43,436 protected area overlaps with site 15,394  
Mavrovouni/Sklithrou Game Refuge 1,091 protected area overlaps with site 0  
OROS MAVROVOUNI - GR1420006 Birds Directive 37,127 protected area overlaps with site 15,228  
Polidendriou Game Refuge 3,530 protected area overlaps with site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  50%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  35%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  5%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 40%
forestry 50%
tourism/recreation -

Protection status National Partial International HighPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Dasia Platania/Skitis-Amigdalis-Potamias, 804 ha). Part of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Mavrovouni/Sklithrou, 1,091 ha). 0 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Polidendriou, 3,530 ha). 17,000 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Oros Mavrovouni, 36,454 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mavrovouni mountain, Larissa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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