Friday, July 25, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: Cretan Wild Goats of Athens

The Cretan Wild Goat is an endemic species, its natural distribution confined to the island of Crete. A small, naturalized, population originating from captive-reared animals can also be found at Mt Parnitha, especially its western part, close to Moni Kleiston, a monastery built in the 16th century AD. The steep slopes of Arma, the highest peak of the site, provide excellent habitat for this unique creature.

Other interesting species of the area include the Crag Martin, the Rock Nuthatch and the Blue Rock Thrush. The surrounding woodland is home to tits, like Coal and Long-tailed, Cirl Buntings and finches. 
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