Ikaria island

Country/territory: Greece

IBA criteria met: A1, B2, C1, C6 (2000)
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Area: 26,700 ha

Hellenic Ornithological Society

Site description (2000 baseline)
A mountainous island forested in the centre with pine Pinus and oak Quercus. The western side of the island is dominated by maquis, the east by phrygana. There are a number of small coastal wetlands and artificial wetlands. Human activities include livestock-farming, angling, hunting, and tourism.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding raptors and passage migrants. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla, Falco naumanni (3-5 breeding pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ikaria island. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.