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The Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is one of the rarest raptors in Europe. It inhabits exclusively high mountainous areas. It can be found usually above the tree line, in rugged areas with steep slopes and in alpine pastures.
Slender-billed Curlew is a medium-sized wader, one of the 6 curlews of the same genus living in our world. It nests somewhere in NW Siberia, where in the 20s very few nests were found. Thenceforth, no one could ever find even one nest again, even though the species may still breed, even in extremely few numbers.
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) is one of the most rare birds of prey of Europe. Its range spans from NE Europe to Lake Baikal and northern Pakistan. In Europe, the species occurs mainly in the Carpathians, south and east Balkans, hills and steppes of NE Ukraine and Russia.
HOS is systematically studying this species, rings and concentrates data
White-headed duck is an unusual duck, easily distinguished by everyone lucky enough to observe it in a wetland. Drake has a large white head, black neck and bluish "swollen bill", while its body is light brown and its spiked stiff tail is often erected, giving it a distinct silhouette.
Eleonora's Falcon is a medium sized falcon with characteristic long wings and tail and very skillful flight.
Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii) is the only gull occurring only in the Mediterranean.
The Pygmy Cormorant lives in wetlands with still or slowly flowing fresh water and more rarely, at winter, in coastal wetlands. It breeds in colonies on reedbeds or dense trees, alone or along with herons, Cormorants, Spoonbils, etc. It feeds on small fish and rarely on small aquatic mammals and molluscs, caught with dives.
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) is a relatively small diving duck, as it dives to obtain its food (insect larvae, molluscs but also aquatic plants). One of the least fancy ducks, it is uniformly dark red-chestnut with a white belly and under tail coverts.
Bonelli's Eagle is not a globally threatened species (IUCN), while BirdLife International classifies it as a European threatened species. In Greece, it is listed as Vulnerable in the Greek Red Book.
The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) is a small goose with dark grey-brown plumage, and dark bars on belly. It has a small and short pink bill, its feet are orange, while wings outstrip tail’s edge when they are closed.
The Dalmatian Pelican is the rarest of the world's seven pelican species and the second biggest bird species on the planet (1,20 m tall, wings spread up to 3,2 m, weighing 6-10 kg). This waterfowl species has light ash-coloured plumage and a characteristic long bill with an expandable pouch beneath. Its feet are short and strong, fingers connected with webs of skin.
November 13, 2018
Αποτελέσματα και εκπλήξεις της αναπαραγωγικής περιόδου 2018
Για ακόμη μία χρονιά, οι Ασπροπάρηδες διένυσαν χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα από την Αφρική για να φωλιάσουν στα βράχια της ελληνικής υπαίθρου. Σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα της παρακολούθησης η αναπαραγωγική περίοδος για το 2018 δεν είχε πολλές διαφορές με αυτή του προηγούμενου έτους, με εξαίρεση τον μεγαλύτερο αριθμό νεοσσών που κατάφεραν να μεγαλώσουν και να πετάξουν επιτυχώς.
November 12, 2018
Η Ελληνική ΟΡΝΙΘΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ Εταιρεία και η Εταιρία Προστασίας Περιβάλλοντος Καστοριάς κρούουν τον κώδωνα του κινδύνου
Η Ομάδα Ανίχνευσης Δηλητηριασμένων Δολωμάτων της Ελληνικής ΟΡΝΙΘΟΛΟΓΙΚΗΣ Εταιρείας που δραστηριοποιείται στη Δυτική Μακεδονία έσπευσε στην περιοχή του Κωσταραζίου Καστοριάς, μετά από ενημέρωση από την Εταιρεία Προστασίας Περιβάλλοντος Καστοριάς για πρόσφατο περιστατικό δηλητηρίασης στην περιοχή.
November 12, 2018
One more year, the Egyptian vultures flew all the way from Africa breed in Greece. According to the results of the monitoring efforts the breeding season of 2018 showed a similar trend to that of the previous year with only exception the number of successful fledglings, which has increased.
November 11, 2018
Although the Egyptian vultures might now be wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa, poison baits continue to threat and kill Greece’s wildlife and thus the HOS/BirdLife Greece carries on with its antipoison work. Just last October, HOS’ Antipoison Dog Unit had to deal with two poisoning incidents in less than two weeks.
November 5, 2018
Δηλητηριασμένο δόλωμα εντοπίστηκε στην περιοχή της Ανθούσας Ασπροποτάμου, εντός του πυρήνα της προστατευόμενης περιοχής του Εθνικού Πάρκου Τζουμέρκων, κοιλάδας Αχελώου, Αγράφων και Μετεώρων.

List of the birds of Greece

Rare birds of Greece

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