submitted by Museum Administration on 18.09.2004
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.
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.
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.
Wing of an unidentified bird. Found on Paliopoli beach.
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.
submitted by Museum Administration on 14.10.2004
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.
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.
Feather from a peacock, found near Agia Pelagia. Gift of Inge de Leeuw, Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder.
Peacock feathers, 40 cm long. Found in the hills above Agia Pelagia, 2003. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder, Inge de Leeuw.
This big red feather is probably from a peacock. 36 cm long. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder, Inge de Leeuw.
Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Fratsia. Longest feather pictured is 9 cm.
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.
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.
Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Avelemonas. Longest feather pictured is 20 cm.
Feathers from an unidentified bird found in Fratsia, 1990. Longest feather pictured is 14 cm.
Grey Heron feathers, found on Agia Pelagia beach, 2002. Longest feather pictured is 14 cm.
submitted by Museum Administration on 01.01.2004
Unidentified bird skull, 4.5 cm long. Photograph ©Peter Tzannes, 2003
submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003
This nest was built by a pair of Woodchat Shrikes Lanius senator in Fratsia in 1991.
Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003
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
Feathers of Scops owl, Otus scops.
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