IBA criteria met: A1, A4ii, A4iv, B1ii, B1iv, C1, C2, C5 (2015)
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Area: 26,600 ha
Site description (baseline)
A mountain area in north-east Sicily, west of the town of Messina, dominated by maquis, garrigue, broadleaved evergreen woodlands and agricultural land. The main land-uses are cultivation and stock-rearing.
A very important `bottleneck' site for migrating raptors, where more than 20,000 pass regularly in spring, especially Pernis apivorus (mean minimum of 6,032 pass per spring).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Peloritani mountains. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/2828 on 30/05/2023.