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Eurasian Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum ©Fero Bednar Website

Saxony enjoys an abundance of bird life. More than 250 birds breed here or are occasional visitors. Many species are found only in certain regions or in specialised habitats, and some are extremely rare in Saxony. The regions described in brief below will give you an overall impression of the varied bird life in our state.

First and foremost the extensive Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) range, marking the border with the Czech republic, and its foothills, is especially suited for birdwatching all the year round. In addition to the heraldic bird of the Saxon Ornithologists’ Association the Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum, several other owl and woodpecker species are plentiful in the forests here. Our exciting newest visitors, and hopefully breeders, are the Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus and the Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris.

Also on the border with the Czech Republic, and designated as a trans-national National Park, are the Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains). The main characteristic of these deeply fissured sandstone mountains is its exceptional variety of forms in a relatively small area combining lowland plain, gorges, table mountains and rock formations with near-natural forest areas. The River Elbe carves its way through the low mountain range. The diverse habitats, each with its own micro-climate makes for an abundance and variety of flora and fauna.

Saxony’s lowland regions also feature many lakes, reservoirs and ponds with a thriving resident waterfowl population and a lively migratory population in spring and autumn. Among the many species attracted to this region as passing are Grebes, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Plovers, Terns, and Gulls. The Osprey and the White-tailed Eagle are also well-represented.

Another, contrasting landscape, is the gentle wooded slopes of the “Valley of Castles”, hugging the curves of the River Mulde. The valley alternates between natural narrow canyons with steep wooded walls and broad cultivated meadows and pastures.

Finally, the Dübener Heide (Dueben Heath) where lush meadows and rich heath and bog flora provide a home to a large number of birds, mammals and other fauna.

A more detailed look at the individual regions of Saxony, with a commentary by local ornithologists and tips on “where to watch” particular species, will be added gradually to this page.


David Conlin


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State Bird

Pygmy Owl Glaucidium passerinum


Federation of German Avifaunists (Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. - DDA)


The Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten e.V. (DDA) is an umbrella organisation for all German avifaunists. The website contains a wealth of information about the DDA and its monitoring programmes. Here you will find advice and information on bird registration and recording projects, some initial results and completed publications, details of competent local contacts or up to date avifaunistic information and schedules.
(translation by David Conlin translations@david-conlin.de)

Verein Sachsischer Ornithologen


Saxon Ornithologists` Society. The VSO is a society for avian science and protection of birds, founded in 1922 and organised the 4th conference of the European Ornithologists` Union conference in August 2003.

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