Mt Parnitha

Mt Parnitha


Honey Buzzard at Mt Parnitha, GREECE BIRD TOURS
Honey Buzzard flying over Mt Parnitha, in a sunny summer sky

P(caps)arnitha Mt is sited in the north west park of Athens and holds the highest peak in Attica region, reaching 1.413m. Established as a national park in 1961, is covered with pine and fir forest, while the eastern part is less shaded, and mediterranean makhia vegetation prevails. More than 1.000 plants form a unique habitat, so close to Athens city center.

Red Deers in Mt Parnitha, Athens
Encounters with Red Deers are very common in Mt Parnitha, Athens

Habitat

Conifer and mixed woodland, scrub and makhia vegetation

All year breeding species

Rock Partridge (rare), Little Owl, Crag Martin, Woodlark, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Firecrest, Sombre Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Rock Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Crossbill (rare), Cirl Bunting

Spring and autumn

Short-toed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Eleonora’s Falcon (not breeding), Nightjar, Hoopoe, Alpine/Pallid Swift, Turtle Dove, Nightingale, Black-eared Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Ruppell’s Warbler (rare), Red-backed Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Cretzschmar’s Bunting

Winter

Ring Ouzel, Brambling, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting