Feeding the pigeons on the plaza outside Parliament was once a favourite activity of young tourists (and Athenian kids too). But the city’s bird population is far more diverse. Today, it’s as likely you’ll spot—or at least, hear—parrots in Athens, as wild colonies are taking over the city’s small parks. Several sites near Athens—Mount Ymittos, Antonis Tritsis Park, Schinias Reserve, Mount Parnitha, the Vravrona Estuary—are excellent for birdwatching. But even in the centre of Athens, you don’t need to go far to spot the city’s feathered population.