Mount Giouchtas, Crete

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
Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus LC resident 1996 25-30 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)
Oros Giouchtas Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 407 protected area contained by site 412
Oros Giouchta kai farangiou Agias Eirinis Dimos Archanon Katafygio Agrias Zois 737 protected area overlaps with site 0
Giouchtas - Farangi Agias Eirinis Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 718 protected area overlaps with site 555


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
not utilised -

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