Fauna of Skyros

Skyros is one of the smaller islands and therefore large mammals are absent. The most interesting mammal to be found on the island is undoubtedly the Equus cabalus skyriano, a small horse breed. Other mammals include the hare (Lepus europaeus) and the hedgehog (Erinaceus concolor), as well as at least 8 species of bats.

Mediterranean monk (Monachus monachus) can be spotted along the shore.

Skyros is a privileged place for birds, thanks to its isolated location in the Aegean Sea. It is an obvious significant stop for the migratory birds, for small passerines (flycatchers, buntings, etc.) and birds of prey (eg harriers, falcons), but also for waders (sandpipers, herons, glossy ibises, etc.) especially in the spring, thanks to its scattered small wetlands. Undoubtedly, the "king" of the island's birds is the Eleonora's falcon, this small falcon consisting a symbol of the Aegean Sea, forming in the archipelago of Skyros its largest colony in the world, with more than 1000 breeding pairs.

The most important reptile of the island is the endemic lezard Podarcis gaigeae.

Photos and descriptions of common and rare memders of the fauna of Skyros are included in the application Skyros topoGuide. The application guides the user to locate the POI with accuracy.