Mount Ochi and surrounding marine area

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2012 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
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC resident 2009-2012 5-10 breeding pairs C6
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii VU breeding 2009-2012 6-40 breeding pairs A1, C1, C6
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 1989-2007 min 13 breeding pairs B2, C6
Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer LC resident 1996-2007 min 200 breeding pairs B3
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 1996 150 breeding pairs B3, C2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2012).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Oros Ochi; Paraktia Zoni Kai Nisides Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 33,393 protected area overlaps with site 0
Oros Ochi – Kampos Karystou – Potami – Akrotirio Kafirefs – Paraktia Thalassia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 28,704 protected area overlaps with site 13,934


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Alluvial and very wet forest, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Scree & boulders, Inland cliffs -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Ochi and surrounding marine area. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.