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Location Greece, Crete
Central coordinates 24o 45.00' East  35o 15.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 44,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 2,457m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description A mountain dominated by heavily grazed phrygana and sclerophyllous scrub. The main human activities are livestock-farming, tourism and recreation and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and passage raptors.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Chukar Alectoris chukar resident  1996  common  B2  Least Concern 
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus resident  1996  2 breeding pairs  good  B2  Near Threatened 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1996  30-40 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  3 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  frequent  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli breeding  1996  frequent  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Endangered Cretan Cephalantera Natural Monument 1 protected area contained by site 1  
Nida/Anogion Game Refuge 1,500 protected area contained by site 1,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  60%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs; Scree & boulders  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 70%
tourism/recreation 30%

Protection status National Low International Partial1,500 ha of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Nida/Anogion, 1,500 ha). 1 ha of IBA covered by Natural Monument (Endangered Cretan Cephalantera, 1 ha). 7,876 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Krousonas-Vromonero Idis, 7,876 ha)

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Mount Idi. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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