Fauna of Tinos
Fauna of Tinos
The large mammals are absent from Tinos. The badger, probably introduced in the island from antiquity, is considered to still survive in the island. Hares, hedgehogs and martens are more frequently met, while the marine surroundings is also of great interest, with regular presence of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, Striped Dolphins and Short-beaked Common Dolphins.
Eleonora's Falcon (Falco eleonorae) is probably the most notable presence on the island, with several dozens of pairs breeding along the rocky eastern shore and the satellite uninhabited islets. It is also estimated that a few Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) pairs, a Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata) pair and a few Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) breed on the island. The presence of Corvids is notable, with large population of Hooded Crows (Corvus corone), a few Ravens (Corvus corax) and small flocks of (uncommon in Cyclades) Jackdaws (Corvus monedula). The small wetlands of the island, including the two small artificial reservoirs, have particular significance for aquatic birds and waders during migration, but probably for wintering - spring sightings of Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) and Ferruginous Duck (Aythia nyroca) are of particular interest. Moreover, the polynesia of N. Cyclades make the surroundings of Tinos a breeding and feeding area for several seabirds, such as the Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis, breeding in Kalogeros abd Drakonisi islets), the Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea), the Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan).
The fauna of reptiles and amphibians of Tinos presents noteworthy variation for the small size of the island - the ancient epithet 'Ofioussa' must be related with the richness of the herpetofauna ('ofis' = snake, in anent Greek). The Tree Frog and the Greek Marsh Frog are present on the island. In the small and vivid wetlands live Green Toads, Balkan Terrapins, Grass Snakes and Dice Snakes. The dry shrubland of the island host several species of lizards (Erhard's Wall Lizard, Balkan Green Lizard, Starred Agama) and snakes (Nose-horned Viper, European Cat Snake, Leopard Snake, Large Whip Snake, Four-lined Snake, Sand Boa).
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