Kythira island

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A1, B1iv, B2, B3, C1, C2, C5, C6 (2012)
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Area: 56,421 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
The site includes parts of Kithira and the adjacent islets. Human activities include arable agriculture, livestock-farming, tourism, hunting, and fishing. There is also some military use of the site.

Key biodiversity
Two hundred and thirty-six species have been recorded. The site is a migratory bottleneck, where more than 3,000 raptors regularly pass in autumn. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aquila heliaca (up to 2 wintering individuals), Falco naumanni (passage).

Raptors MOU - IBA listed under Table 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kythira island. Downloaded from on 26/09/2023.