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Location Greece, North Aegean
Central coordinates 26o 13.00' East  39o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C6
Area 11,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society



Site description A large bay with a shallow brackish zones, small freshwater marshes, saltmarshes, and saltpans. Human activities include agriculture, salt production, stock-raising, fishing, hunting, and recreation.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea breeding  1995  50 breeding pairs  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1997  1,120 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  1993  34-39 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  1995  frequent  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
LESVOS: KOLPOS KALLONIS KAI CHERSAIA PARAKTIA ZONI - GR4110004 Habitats Directive 18,311 protected area overlaps with site 5,041  
LESVOS: PARAKTIOI YGROTOPOI KOLPOU KALLONIS - GR4110007 Birds Directive 3,513 protected area overlaps with site 2,821  
NOTIODYTIKI CHERSONISOS, APOLITHOMENO DASOS LESVOU - GR4110010 Birds Directive 28,819 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
OROS OLYMPOS LESVOU - GR4110011 Birds Directive 14,788 protected area is adjacent to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water  -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  -
Artificial - terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -
Coastline Lagoons; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -

Protection status National Partial International PartialPart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Prophitis Ilias/Polychnitou, 430 ha). 5,950 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Paraktioi Ygrotopoi Kolpou Kallonis, 6,461 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kallonis gulf. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/07/2014

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