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Island of Lesvos

Lesvos  >  Greece

The Greek island of Lesvos is one of the most popular birding locations in Europe. Over 330 bird species have been recorded on the island. Many migrating birds can be observed and the island is also home to interesting breeding birds of the Western Palearctic, like Kruper’s Nuthatch, Cinerous Bunting and Rüppell’s Warbler. The diversity of landscapes makes the island a paradise for birding.


Lesvos (or Lesbos) is the third largest island in Greece and located on the northeastern side of the Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1,633 km2 with approximately 400 kilometres of coastline and is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait. The island has a great diversity of habitats, which makes it perfect for many species of breeding bird. The olive groves are great for Olive-tree Warbler and Cirl Bunting, the surrounding rocky outcrops are used by Rock Nuthatch, Cretzschmar's Bunting and Black-eared Wheatear, and the drier parts of the western side of the island are a great spot for Lesser Kestrel and Chukar. The several salt pans are fantastic birding hotspots with many species of waders, waterfowl, storks, herons, rails and migrants. Scarce to rare breeding species that can be highlighted are Laughing Dove and White-throated Robin. Don’t be afraid to wander around; every spot on the island can provide you with amazing birding experiences and lots of unexpected observations!

On all the best birding sites on Lesvos are described in detail. With map, species list, how to get there, where to park and how and where you can find the birds. On the map below you can see the most interesting birding areas. Zoom in on the map and click on a red dot for a detailed area description.