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Much of the same facts can be applied to the fauna as to the flora,
since the development of the fauna depends on environmental factors as well as
altitude and temperature. Therefore, we shall classify the animals and the birds,
which have their habitat in Crete and more precisely in the prefecture of Rethymno,
according to the zones of altitude.
In the coastal area and primarily on the rocky shores the famous sea
gull nests as well as the falcon (Falco eleonore), which comes from Africa to
Crete during the summer months. Furthermore the well-known sea turtle Caretta
caretta lays its eggs on the sandy beaches.
In the area of flat land, that is, in the valleys and on low hills,
you can find hares, weasels, badgers, hedgehogs, voles (Apodeus sylvaticus-creticus)
and bats as well as birds such as sparrows (Passer domesticus), goldfinches (Carduelis
carduelis), swallows (Delichon urbica), carrion crows (Corvus corone), linnets
(Fringila coelembs) and many others.
The same species of animals and birds can also be found in the semi-mountainous
area, as well as certain species of predatory birds such as the crow (Corvus corax)
and the blackbird (Turbus merula).
However, the realm of all predatory birds such as the harrier eagle
(Gypaetus barbatus) and all the other above-mentioned species is the mountainous
area. There, the Cretan wild goat (Capra aegagrus) and the Cretan wild cat (Felix
silvestris), which are both in danger of extinction, have their habitat.
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