Kalamaki gorge and Zarkou mountains

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus LC resident 1994 1-2 breeding pairs B2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Stena Kalamakiou Kai Ori Zarkou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 4,293 protected area contained by site 4,169
Stena Kalamakiou Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 462 protected area contained by site 474
Piniadas Wildlife Refuge 1,750 protected area overlaps with site 1,750
Periochi Thessalikou Kampou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 95,905 protected area is adjacent to site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Shrubland -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
water management -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kalamaki gorge and Zarkou mountains. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.