Mount Mavrovouni, Larisa

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
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca NT resident 1995 20-50 breeding pairs A3
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus LC resident 1995 6-8 breeding pairs B2, C6
Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina LC breeding 1995 4-5 breeding pairs C6
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus LC breeding 1994 4-6 breeding pairs B2, C6
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC breeding 1995 10-20 breeding pairs B2
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Leiopicus medius LC resident 1995 50-100 breeding pairs B3, C6
White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos LC resident 1995 10-30 breeding pairs C2
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 1995 abundant A1, C1
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus LC resident 1995 1-3 breeding pairs B2, C6
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio LC breeding 1995 100-300 breeding pairs B2, C6
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator NT breeding 1995 100-300 breeding pairs B2
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus LC breeding 1995 5-10 breeding pairs A3, B2
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum LC breeding 1995 20-50 breeding pairs A3, C6
Eastern Orphean Warbler Curruca crassirostris LC breeding 1995 50-100 breeding pairs B2
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC breeding 1995 abundant A3
Sardinian Warbler Curruca melanocephala LC resident 1995 common A3
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer LC resident 1995 frequent A3
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 1995 common A3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding 1995 abundant A3
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 1995 10-30 breeding pairs A3

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)
Polidendriou Game Refuge 3,530 protected area overlaps with site 0
Periochi Tamieftiron Proin Limnis Karlas Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 12,669 protected area overlaps with site 0
Oros Mavrovouni Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 36,944 protected area overlaps with site 15,228
Mavrovouni/Sklithrou Game Refuge 1,091 protected area overlaps with site 0
Karla – Mavrovouni – Kefalovryso Velestinou – Neochori Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 46,991 protected area overlaps with site 15,394
Dasos Iera Moni Flampouriou (Keramidiou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 2,006 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Dasia Platania/Skitis--Amigdalis--Potamias Game Refuge 804 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Mavrovouni, Larisa. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.