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Location Greece, Western Greece
Central coordinates 21o 0.00' East  38o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C6
Area 39,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 1,589m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A mountain range extending from Amvrakikos gulf to the north of the Acheloos plain. The site is dominated by open Quercus forests, maquis and phrygana. Human activities include livestock-farming, arable agriculture, and aquaculture/fishing.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca resident  1996  common [units unknown]  A3  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1996  7-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus breeding  1996  4-6 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciatus resident  1996  2-4 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius resident  1996  frequent [units unknown]  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula resident  1996  1,200-2,000 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1996  rare [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1996  abundant [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1996  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  abundant [units unknown]  A3, B3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica resident  1996  abundant [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius resident  1996  abundant [units unknown]  B2  Least Concern 
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia breeding  1996  rare [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1996  common [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
OROS TSEREKAS (AKARNANIKA) - GR2310011 Birds Directive 5,096 protected area overlaps with site 4,679  
Perganti--Xiromerou/Monastiraki--Vatou--Thiriou Game Refuge 3,960 protected area overlaps with site 3,960  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Native coniferous woodland  25%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  50%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  5%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  15%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 85%
fisheries/aquaculture 5%

Protection status National Partial International None3,960 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Perganti-Xiromerou/Monastiraki-Vatou-Thiriou, 3,960 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Akarnanika mountains. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014

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