Courtesy: Thomas Gravanis

Join the eagle-eyed strollers and enhance your wanderings by knowing the best places for bird-watching in Athens.

By Diane Shugart

The National Garden

Green parrots have taken up residence in the parks of Athens.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Lycabettus Hill

The owl, symbol of the city, features on Greek coins. But if you want to spot one in real life, you’ll need to head to Lycabettus. Its pine-covered slopes and quarry are also habitat for the kestrel (Falco tinnuculus), golden oriole (or fig eater, sykofagos, in colloquial Greek), great tit, hoopoe and finches who are among the 64 species recorded there by the city’s birdwatchers.