Mountains of Naxos

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
Little Owl Athene noctua LC resident 1996 common B2
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus LC resident 1997 5-6 breeding pairs B2
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata LC resident 1996 2-3 breeding pairs B2
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC breeding 1995 common B3, 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)
Za/Koronou Naxou Game Refuge 480 protected area contained by site 480
Za (Koronou Naxou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 111 protected area contained by site 0
Troulos/Filotiou Naxou Game Refuge 1,200 unknown 0
Troulos (Filotiou Naxou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 1,163 protected area contained by site 0
Profitis Ilias (Damarionou Naxou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 126 protected area contained by site 0
Naxos: Ori Anathematistra; Koronos, Mavrovouni, Zas, Viglatouri Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 11,945 protected area overlaps with site 10,371
Kentriki Kai Notia Naxos: Zas Kai Vigla Eos Mavrovouni Kai Thalassia Zoni (Ormos Karades - Ormos Moutsounas) Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 9,052 protected area overlaps with site 6,078
Fanari/Filotiou Naxou Game Refuge 346 protected area contained by site 346
Fanari (Filotiou Naxou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 721 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Broadleaved evergreen woodland -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Artificial/Terrestrial Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Ruderal land -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Marine Neritic -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
water management -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mountains of Naxos. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.