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Location Greece, East Macedonia and Thrace
Central coordinates 25o 45.00' East  41o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A1, B2, B3, C1, C6
Area 77,000 ha
Altitude 50 - 745m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description The site encompasses hills to the south-east of Mount Rodopi and the catchment of the Filiouri river. Vegetation cover is predominantly scrub with some grazed oak Quercus forest. Land-use is traditional and non-intensive.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and passage raptors and species associated with forest and scrub. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (breeding), Falco naumanni (passage).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1995  5 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Endangered 
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus resident  1995  2-5 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus non-breeding  1996  frequent  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1995  2-4 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Circaetus gallicus breeding  1995  10 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Strix aluco resident  1992  frequent  B3  Not Recognised 
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius resident  1995  common  C6  Least Concern 
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus resident  1995  common  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio breeding  1995  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis breeding  1993  uncommon  B2  Least Concern 
Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli breeding  1995  common  B3  Least Concern 
Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata breeding  1990  rare  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana breeding  1995  common  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Petkodasas Nimfeas Game Refuge 400 protected area overlaps with site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  10%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  65%
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  10%
Rocky areas Inland cliffs  5%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 95%

Protection status National Partial International NonePart of IBA covered by Wildlife Refuge (Pefkodasas Nimfeas, 400 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Filiouri river valley and east Rodopi mountains. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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