Mount Zakrou, 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
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1996 6 breeding pairs B2, C6
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberiza caesia LC resident 1997 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)
Zakros Dimou Itanou Katafygio Agrias Zois 313 protected area contained by site 0
Zakros (Itanou) Katafygio Agrias Zois 333 protected area contained by site 0
Ori Zakrou Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,879 protected area contained by site 3,914


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 Arable land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Zakrou, Crete. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.