Bird watching

Southern Evia’s unique geographical position as a bridge between mainland Greece and the Aegean Sea makes it an ideal stopover for migratory birds. In fact, about 80% of the bird population throughout the region is seasonal, with only 20% of the species choosing to nest within the area. Several types of birds can be observed in Southern Evia, though the area of Mt. Ochi is of great importance to rare and endangered species, and serves as an ideal location for bird watching.


Some birds to keep an eye out for include Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia), the Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), Western rocknuthatch (Sitta neumayer), and the Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus Yelkouan).


Mt. Ochi is also an important haven for rare and threatened species, though the presence of these birds is decreasing each year at an alarming rate. The Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelli’s eagle (Hieraetus fasciatus) and the Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) are some of the rarest raptors seen here, and primarily visit the region along their migratory routes or to breed. Perhaps the dwindling number of birds of prey is reason that Ochi’s smaller protected species are flourishing. Rock partridges, Wood larks, Tawny pipits, Fan-tailed warblers, Protzcshmar’s and Black-headed buntings all boast significantly larger numbers on Mt. Ochi compared to their other habitats throughout Europe.

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