Paros and Antiparos islands and surrounding islets

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2012 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
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus LC breeding 2012 10-15 breeding pairs C6
Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea LC breeding 2007-2012 100-160 breeding pairs B2
Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan VU breeding 2007-2012 20-50 breeding pairs A1, B3, C1
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 2005-2012 31-42 breeding pairs C6
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii VU breeding 1996-2012 14-22 breeding pairs A1, C1
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis LC resident 1996 2,000-3,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, C3
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae LC breeding 2005 1 individuals B2
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1996 4-5 breeding pairs B2, C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2012).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Stroudoular--Ag. Pantes/Lefkon--Kostou Game Refuge 600 protected area overlaps with site 0
Nisoi Despotiko Kai Strongylo Kai Thalassia Zoni Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,858 protected area contained by site 932
Nisides Parou Kai Notia Antiparos Kai Thalassia Periochi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 25,699 protected area contained by site 1,670
Agioi Pantes - Stroumpoula Nisou Parou Katafygio Agrias Zois 317 protected area overlaps with site 0


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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Paros and Antiparos islands and surrounding islets. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.