Birds of Valia Kalda

Birds of Valia Kalda

Text: A. Kaltsis
Photos: T. Adamakopoulos

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Valia Kalda topoGuide: Black Woodpecker (Dedrocopus martius)

The extended woodland biotopes of the area host numerous typical forest birds. Black Woodpecker is quite common in this zone, the area, however, is ideal biotope for other woodpeckers too, from the most common, such as Great Spotted Woodpecker, to the most difficult to see, such as Gray and White-Backed Woodpecker.

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Valia Kalda topoGuide: Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

The rare in more southern conifer woods Crested Tit is a frequent sight (and hearing) in the heart of the valley, along with the very common Coal Tit. Gray Wagtail and White-throated Dipper breed in Arkoudorema and are quite easily observed.

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Valia Kalda topoGuide: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Short-toed Eagle nests in the area and is regularly observed, often with a snake hanging from its feet. Golden Eagle is frequently observed in Avgo and a pair is considered breeding there. Red-backed Shrikes, Rock Buntings, Woodlarks, Ortolan Buntings, as well as few pairs of Yellowhammers breed in the meadows in the periphery of the area. Black Stork is easily observed in the area of Aoos Springs reservoir, a few pairs have been recorded breeding there.

How you will spot them

Pictures and information on many bird species of Valia Kalda are included in Valia Kalda topoGuide application, available for both Android devices, and iOS (iPhone) devices.
The application guides the user to detect the typical biotopes of each species.