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Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Little Owl

The Little Owl is Athena’s bird, called Koukouvaya in Greek. It is this bird that can be heard calling “boop, boop” on summer nights. Formerly very common on Kythera, its numbers have been drastically reduced in recent years. These feathers were found in Fratsia in 1992; the longest one shown is 16 cm.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Goldfinch

Feathers from a Goldfinch. Longest feather shown is 6 cm. Called Carderina in Greek, this bird is found in large numbers all over the island. In spring, pairs of goldfinches are frequently seen nesting in almond and walnut trees.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Hoopoe feathers

The Hoopoe is a migratory bird that spends its summers in Kythera and its winters in Africa. This bird can look a little silly, running along the road in search of insects to eat, shouting “poo, poo, poo.” But when it raises its feathered crest, the hoopoe is suddenly gorgeous. This wonderful bird has the very cool Latin name Upupa epops. Longest feather shown, 13 cm long. Gift of Stratos Kypriotis.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Wing Feathers

Wing of an unidentified bird. Found on Paliopoli beach.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Barn Owl feathers

Barn Owl feathers, found in Kypriotianika. Longest feather shown is 22 cm. Called 'Tuto' in Greek, this bird is a permanent resident of Kythera, frequently inhabiting abandoned houses.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 14.10.2004

Gold Crest feathers

Gold Crest, found in Fratsia. Longest feather shown is 4.5 cm. An active little bird that flits around busily in hedges and low bushes.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Peacock Tail Feather

Peacock tail feather, 120 cm long. Found near Agia Pelagia, 2003. Introduced as ornamental birds, the peacock is a noisy, messy bird that quickly becomes a pest, though its feathers are always a marvel to behold. Gift of Inge de Leeuw, Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Peacock Feather

Feather from a peacock, found near Agia Pelagia. Gift of Inge de Leeuw, Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Mottled Peacock Feathers

Peacock feathers, 40 cm long. Found in the hills above Agia Pelagia, 2003. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder, Inge de Leeuw.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Big red feather

This big red feather is probably from a peacock. 36 cm long. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder, Inge de Leeuw.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Feathers from Fratsia

Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Fratsia. Longest feather pictured is 9 cm.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

European Robin feathers

Called 'Kokkinolaimis' in Greek, the little robin arrives on Kythera in the autumn and departs again before May, but during the winter it is one of the most common birds on the island.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Great Tit Feathers

Feathers from a Great Tit, found in Fratsia. Called 'Kalogeros' in Greek, this bird is very common in all parts of Kythera, making its presence known in gardens and in towns with a call that sounds like the squeak of a rusty gate. Frequently nests in holes in walls.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Feathers from Avlemonas

Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Avelemonas. Longest feather pictured is 20 cm.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Feathers found in Fratsia

Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Fratsia, 1990. Longest feather pictured is 14 cm.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004

Heron Feathers

Grey Heron feathers, found on Agia Pelagia beach, 2002. Longest feather pictured is 14 cm.

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 01.01.2004

Bird skull

Unidentified bird skull, 4.5 cm long. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Shrike Nest

This nest was built by a pair of Woodchat Shrikes Lanius senator in Fratsia in 1991.

Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Seagull

Around five species of gulls have been spotted on Kythera. The exact identity of this specimen is not known.

Seagull skull, 11.5 cm long. Found on Paliopoli beach. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Birds

submitted by Museum Administration on 01.01.2004

Scops Feathers

Feathers of Scops owl, Otus scops.
Fratsia, 1985.