Northern Sifnos

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
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 1996 5-50 breeding pairs B2

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)
Sifnos: Profitis Ilias Mechri Dytikes Aktes Kai Thalassia Periochi Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,092 protected area overlaps with site 516
Profitis Ilias/Apollonia Sifnou Game Refuge 150 protected area contained by site 150
Profitis Ilias (Apollonias Sifnou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 134 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Other urban and industrial areas -
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 -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Northern Sifnos. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.