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
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca NT resident 1996 uncommon C6
Eurasian Eagle-owl Bubo bubo LC resident 1996 1-2 breeding pairs C6
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus EN breeding 1996 max 2 breeding pairs B2, C6
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos LC resident 1996 1-2 breeding pairs C6
Red Kite Milvus milvus LC resident 1996 10-20 breeding pairs C6
Milvus migrans NR breeding 1996 10-20 breeding pairs B2, C6
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius LC resident 1996 min 3 breeding pairs C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1996 2-4 breeding pairs C6
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax LC resident 1996 min 10 breeding pairs C6
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla LC breeding 1996 10-15 breeding pairs C6
Woodlark Lullula arborea LC resident 1996 abundant C6
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris LC breeding 1996 common 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)
Riserva naturale Gole del Raganello Riserva Naturale Statale 1,600 protected area contained by site 1,600
Parco nazionale del Pollino Parco Nazionale 171,132 protected area overlaps with site 112,014


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Native coniferous woodland, Mixed woodland, Broadleaved evergreen woodland, Treeline ecotone -
Shrubland Scrub, Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Perennial crops, orchards and groves, Ruderal land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pollino. Downloaded from on 28/09/2023.