The impressive abundance of birds that can be found in Spain is due both to its geographical location (it is a natural route between the European Continent and Africa) and its varied landscapes and climates. Over 456 different species of birds are quoted - 285 breeding - some of them having here their last European strongholds. This is the case with Purple Gallinule (3,500 pairs); White-headed Duck (1,164 individuals) and Marbled Teal (250 pairs); and they are on the increase in most of the Iberian wetlands. Other species, like raptors, are also recovering: Lammergeier (+80 cc.); Griffon Vulture (16,590 cc.); Golden Eagle (+1,200 cc.).
Places to stay, local organisations, reserves, reading etc. etc. are all now available on Spanish regional pages - see below…
Most Spanish regions offer some wonderful birding locations whether it be the Albufera of Mallorca or Cota Donana in Andalucia. See the individual regional pages for the best places to go birding.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 554
Number of bird species: National Bird
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Fatbirder's very own checklists are now available through WebBirder
The Birds of the Iberian Peninsula
by Eduardo de Juana & Ernest Garcia | Bloomsbury | 2015 | Hardback| 688 Pages | 32 plates with 64 colour photos | 216 b/w illustrations | b/w distribution map
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ISBN: 9781408124802Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where the Birds are in Northeast Spain
by Steve West illustrated by Ernest Leahy and others 2004
ISBN: 8460915999Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Northern & Eastern Spain
Edited By: Michael Rebane and Ernest Garcia | Christopher Helm | Paperback | Jun 2008 | Edition: 2 | 368 pages, line drawings, maps
ISBN: 9780713683141Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Southern & Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson. 3rd edition 2008 - Christopher Helm
ISBN: 9780713683158Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Spain
by José Antonio Montero | Lynx Edicions | 2006 | Paperback | 341 pages, colour photos, maps
ISBN: 8496553043Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Spain (Guia de las Aves de Espana)
Eduardo de Juana & Juan M. Varela - Lynx Edicions 2010
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Where to Watch Birds in Spain: The 100 best sites
Jos? Antonio Montero et al (2005) Lynx Ediciones 341pp ?18:50
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Wild Spain: A Traveller's Guide
by Frederic V Grunfeld | Sheldrake Press |Paperback | Jul 1999 | Edition: 3 |
ISBN: 1873329326Buy this book from NHBS.com
Guides & Tour Operators
Fatbirder's very own birding tours offered to a number of areas of Spain… see the relevant regional page for details…
Aquila Bird Tours
Aquila Bird Tours is an independent bird tour company offering high quality tours in Spain, the UK and other areas of the Western Palaearctic. Located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, we have been able to explore this area which is famed for its internationally important coastal wetlands and spectacular breeding species. Our aim is to provide tours that suit enthusiasts of all levels by using local knowledge and our experience to ensure you are not disappointed…
AVIANTOURS is a tour company specialising in birding holidays in GIBRALTAR, SPAIN & MOROCCO. They are also dedicated to teaching the art of bird & nature photography as well as digiscoping, which involves taking high quality nature photos using DSLR’s, compact cameras & Smartphones via telescopes & binoculars...
Barcelona Birding Point
Barcelona Birding Point is your gateway to birding and nature in South Europe. This project was created in 2010 as a means of promoting birding tourism as well as the protection and enjoyment of birds and their environments…
One of Europe’s most diverse countries – habitats ranging from high mountains to almost desert-like plains, and equally diverse birdlife! Go from the snow-capped Pyrenees down towards the coast which offers a mix of steppe, fields, lagoons and cliffs with a variety of birds. Into central Spain where Monfragüe offers some of the best birding in Europe before heading to the lagoons and steppes at the Coto Doñana.
Birding in Spain
In Birding in Spain you'll find all kinds of information about birds, both common and rare, and plenty of reasons for birding in northeast Spain. Also featured are Books by Steve West who has birded this region extensively since 1988. Consider, if you like, the possibility of contracting him as a guide or ground agent for a birding tour, or simply follow his advice and study the carefully selected itineraries to enjoy some of the best birding experiences that the region has to offer…
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Birding Trekking & Nature
Our team it’s formed by experts in outdoor and mountain activities, which feel a special attraction, love and knowledge of the natural environment…
Boletas Birdwatching - Birding in North East Spain
BOLETAS (Egyptian Vulture in the local language) was formed in 1994, a stroke of luck enables us to live our long-awaited dream; install ourselves in the peaceful rural village of Loporzano, in the midst of one of the best birding areas in the Iberian Peninsula dedicating ourselves exclusively to our interest in birds
Corax Adventures Birding Tours
Birding Tours in Northeast Spain…
Iberian Wildlife Tours
We are all British, freelance, natural history tour leaders who have been living in our respective regions of Spain for many years. Our experience of leading wildlife holidays in Spain and Portugal dates from 1989, both with established wildlife tour companies and a tailor-made basis for independent groups…
Guided Birding & Natural History Tours in Central & Southern Spain. A great variety of habitats in a very short distance: Mediterranean Forest, the best Wetlands inland Spain, the unique Volcanic Lagoons found in Western Europe and the best Steppes in all the Iberian Peninsula. All of them teeming with an impressive and rich wildlife. Tours in the land of the Iberian Lynx, the Spanish Imperial Eagle, the White-Headed Duck and the Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse…
Oretani Wildlife offers tailor made birding and wildlife tours and all inclusive packages in Castilla la Mancha and central Spain. Experience the Sierra, Steppe and Wetlands of this exciting region with some of the best birding and wildlife available…
A UK-based company specialising in bird watching tours of Norfolk and Wales, and a wide range of other UK destinations, a comprehensive programme of tours worldwide. Neil Donaghy and Ashley Saunders have over nineteen years experience between them, running their own companies Celtic Bird Tours and Oriole Adventures, before merging the two to create this new venture which offers complete bird tour packages. Value for money, genuinely small groups and great birds.
Rockjumper Birding Tours
Spain offers a wide range of Mediterranean habitats along with safe, easy and excellent birding. Our tour concentrates on the semi-arid steppes and cork-oak dehesas of the interior, the scenic Sierras and high alpine Pyrenees, and the Ebro River Delta wetlands on the Mediterranean coast.
SPAINBIRDS is a small company which efforts are appointed to organize ornithology tours over all spanish geography. Its expert leader, Santiago Villa, has a deep knowledge about iberian birds. Natural Parks as Doñana, Cabañeros and Monfragüe are his favourite spots, in which he has spent unforgettable moments, and also there, there is one of the most vulnerable raptors of the world: Spanish Imperial Eagle. Species that he knows very well, in fact he controlled a pair for two breeding season in the Monte de El Pardo. In spite of that he was born in Madrid, he is very bound to Extremadura by strong affection since he was a child, due to his parents were born in Membrio, a little village placed between Sierra de San Pedro and Llanos de Brozas, with no doubt, two of the best conserved places in Europe.
Walks in Spain
…we will be walking through the flat coastal wetlands and natural reserve of L`Albufera. We will be walking along the seashore through mobile sand dunes and pine forest interspersed with dried salt ponds and lagoons eventually arriving at a viewpoint with magnificent vistas across L`Albufera Lake. Finally we arrive at the Raco de Ora nature reserve where we have the opportunity to see some of the 250 different bird species that visit here…
Wingspan Bird Tours
WINGSPAN BIRD TOURS offer a range of exciting bird-watching holidays and Bird Tours throughout Spain, Morocco, Lesvos and Portugal. Our Bird-watching breaks range from day trips in Andalucia to 10 days in Morocco. We cater for beginners and accomplished birders alike, we offer good value, good company and great birding…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2007 [09 September] - Robin Griffiths
The group arrived on time and we quickly loaded up the buses and set off on the two hour journey to El Rocio in the Coto Donana. We dropped our belongings into our rooms at the Hotel Toruno and ate dinner at 10pm amidst growling thunder and spectacular lightening with bouts of torrential rain…
2008 [01 January] - Alan Jack
Cheap flights ,car hire and accommodation make a long February weekend in Spain a very affordable, welcome escape from the dreary, cold of north east England. Five days is just enough time to fit in both the famous Coto Donana and the steppe and hill country of Extremadura, the two sites some five hours drive apart…
2011 [05 May] - Alan Jack - Spanish Pyrenees
…We found there had been a bit of a fall , as the woods held a good selection of migrant passerines, including two Wood Warblers, Redstarts, Pied and Spotted flycatchers, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbler, as well as Golden Oriole, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit and Short toed Treecreeper…
2013 [05 May] - Birdwatching Spain - Pyrenees
2013 [05 May] - Brian Gibbons
…They held many key birds for us too, as well as clear mountain streams and an array of charming, tiny mountainside villages like Espinama, Brez, Obargo, and Tama. Eurasian Wryneck, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, White-winged Snowfinch, Choughs, Red-backed Shrike, Common Redstart, and Water Pipit all revealed themselves to us. We had an amazing lunch in Espinama at Casa Vicente on a rainy afternoon, another meal to look forward to next year…
2013 [07 July] - Graeme Pegram
…This was a classic compromise holiday with the girlfriend. I had two target birds: Red-necked Nightjar which was not difficult and White-rumped Swift…
2013 [09 September] - Kathie Claydon
…We had several days of impressive migration movement and many days with good numbers of raptors, storks and Bee Eaters passing through. On clear days birds were passing very high but on days when they could not cross the Strait because of strong winds and poor visibility (many raptor species will not cross if they cannot see the Moroccan coastline) …
2013 [11 November] - Ashley Powell
…After lunch, our afternoon was spent visiting El Hondo Natural Parc visitor centre. The main part of the reserve is currently only allowing public access on Saturday mornings for a few hours. Usually it is open on Wednesday mornings as well, which is when we had planned to take Jeff and Kay, to give them an increased chance of seeing Greater Spotted Eagles. Within the Parc boundary, an elevated observation platform serves to provide views of a tree line where the Eagles perch regularly. There have been confirmed sightings of three individual birds, with possibly as many as four birds. Unfortunately, we were out of luck this time; although numerous Marsh Harrier and at least 12 Booted Eagle were a welcome substitute for our main quarry species. We had seen the GSE from this venue a couple of days before Jeff and Kay arrived, and so were not overly concerned at their lack of presence….
2014 [11 November] - Mike Neale
...Other species seen included Black-bellied Sandgrouse, and large flocks of larks and finches. The area was very good for birds of prey with more Griffon Vultures, many Marsh and Hen Harriers, Merlins and Kestrals. Attempts to find DuPont’s Lark were not successful....
2015 [05 May] - Chris Benesh & Godfried Schreur - La Mancha, Coto Donana & Extremadura
...From there we headed north toward Extremadura, with stops along the way for Cercotrichas galactotes (known by various common names, e.g., Rufous Bush Robin, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin), and a productive visit to Alange, where we picked up Black Wheatear and Bonelli's Eagle among others. We spent the late afternoon exploring the hilltop city of Trujillo. The next day we were out on the pseudo-steppe west of town tracking down sandgrouse and bustards, along with some harriers.
2015 [05 May] - David Erterius
...Continuing our drive, we enjoyed great scope views of our first European Bee-eaters, and two European Turtle Doves showed well on a ploughed field by the road. A family group of Southern Grey Shrikes, feeding their newly fledged young, were thoroughly enjoyed, and a little later we found ourselves searching an area for the localized Black-winged Kite.
2015 [06 June] - Steve West - The Pyrenees
...We arrived at a small pool, in a place where water is usually scarce, and so which should serve as a magnet for a number of bird species. Almost immediately Charles spotted two beautiful Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, a male and female, at such close range that we could only marvel at their intricate plumage details. Now that was a very good way to start the day!
2015 [06 June] - Stijn Raymaekers & Carlo Vanderydt - Mallorca – Spain – Corsica
Mostly an annotated list.
2015 [06 June] - ZARAGOZA STEPPE, SPANISH PYRENEES & PICOS DE EUROPA
...So we walked slowly to the now famous rock-face where a pair of Wallcreepers have bred for the last umpteen years. Along the way we heard both Green and Black Woodpecker and we saw Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Red-billed Chough, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures.
2015 [07 July] - Byron Palacios - Wolves & Bustards in Rural Spain
...We were enjoying watching them when all of a sudden, an Iberian Wolf was found by Byron in his spotting scope…and there she was, a beautiful healthy female standing by a bush and giving us full views when she stepped out onto the yellow field, staring at us as though she knew we were there watching her!
2016 [02 February] - Oriole Birding - Pyrenees
2016 [03 March] - Lisle Gwynn - Southern Spain
Although it has largely been overlooked by North American birders, birding in Spain remains almost a right of passage to European birders, with many cutting their world birding teeth in the Iberian Peninsula. This should be no surprise, as with fantastic birding, varied landscapes and habitats, great infrastructure, comfortable accommodation and superb food it has everything one needs for a great birding trip.
2016 [05 May] - Mark Beevers & Alberto Bueno
...Our first scheduled stop was at Navahonda Hermitage where after quite a bit of searching we eventually found a Hawfinch, which was our target here. We also secured great looks at a Nightingale, a species which we were to hear singing frequently during the tour. Eurasian Nuthatches were particularly common here, giving great views, whilst further Mediterranean species included Redrumped Swallow and European Serin....
2016 [10 October] - Mark Graham - Bay of Biscay
...the last of the Cory's Shearwater and several were seen in diminishing numbers. The last of the Sooty Shearwater were seen around lunchtime by which time a serious number of Gannets appeared - in their hundreds and mainly adults, further south most had been juveniles. It had been a great voyage for seeing Sooty Shearwater. It wasn't a bad day for Great Skuas, all close to the boat....
2016 [11 November] - Mike Neale - Pyrenees etc
2016 [11 November] - Steve West - Aragon & Catalonia
...We still had just over an hour’s journey before reaching our hotel, so after leaving the Eurasian Eagle Owl on its rocky ledge we made a brief sortie to look for the last few birds of the day in the surrounding area. We had beatable views of a Sardinian Warbler, a Thekla Lark and six Red-billed Choughs, and more than 30 White Storks, most of which were perched on lamp-posts beside the motorway....
2017 [04 April] - NE Spain
...A Sardinian Warbler drew our attention, as well as several Greenfinches, Spotless Starlings and Serins. From there we drove higher up into the Serra de Rodes, basically the but one last part of the Pyrenees, before Cap Creus. This road is numbered GI-P-6041. There is a monastery (St. Pere de Rodes) there, with two turnoffs, where we were exposed to the wind again. But it gave us Mistle Thrush and Rock Bunting, all observations were short, as if the birds were blown into the bushes. We may have missed Blue Rockthrush, because of such weather. The drive continued, via La Selva de Mar and then south again towards a well-earned dinner on the boulevard. With a sunset belying the tumultuous weather today, we enjoyed some seafood in one of the few restaurants open this season....
Places to Stay
Boletus Birdwatching Centre - Pyrenees
Birdwatching Centre in the Spanish Pyrenees, we inform birders where to go and we organize tours in the northeast of Spain…
Where to eat & sleep when you are birding in Spain & the World…
Grupo de anillamiento Pit-roig
Grupo ornitológico dedicado al anillamiento científico de aves, especialmente paseriformes. Creado oficialmente en 2004, sus actividades se inician bastante tiempo atrás. Actualmente está formado por más de una decena de anilladores expertos y específicos que enfocan esta actividad al desarrollo de diversos proyectos científicos de importancia nacional y local. [Dedicated to bird ringing activities in Eastern Spain. Birding, ringing and migration projects information…]
Sistema de registro y consulta de citas de aves en Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias…
Sociedad Española de Ornitología
Melquiades Biencinto 34, E-28053 Madrid. + 34 91 4340910 email@example.com
Spanish Rarities Committee
Rare Birds in Spain - news etc…
Asociación Anillamiento Científico de Aves Txepetxa…
Museo National de Cienias Naturales CSIC
Bird List, Atlas etc…
Brief pieces on many of the parks…
A total of 1,226 square kms. of the 500,000 that make up Spain have been set aside as National Parks…
The convention entered into force in Spain on 4 September 1982. Spain currently has 74 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 303,090 hectares.
Forums & Mailing Lists
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Mailing List – Discussion Group - An English language list about bird watching in Spain. Fledgling birders to rabid twitchers - all welcome. If your bird is in Spain this is your list.
Ornitología,Medio Ambiente y Naturaleza en general – Spanish Bird Forum…
A través del Telescopio
En este blog también iremos hablando y comentando nuestras jornadas de anillamiento científico, sobre todo en la Estación de Las Minas, cerca de San Martín de la Vega y junto al río Jarama…
Alfonso Rodrigo - Extreme Birding España
Vivencias de un pajarero que ejerce en toda España y parte del extranjero. Alfonso Rodrigo…
Aroximacio a l'Ornitologia
Un blog per gaudir de la fotografia , am petites explicacions sobre cada espècie…
Aves de Aquí y de Allá
Blog about birding and Ringing in Spain. By Álex Alamán…
Aves de España
Photoblog of birds in spain…
Aves Ricardo Rodriguez
Blog de las aves vistas y fotografiados Ricardo Rodrigues…
Birding In Spain
Steve West, hailing from Hampshire, has been living in northeast Spain (Lleida, Catalunya) since 1988 and has birded the region intensilively and extensively since then. Apart from his own book, Where the Birds are in Northeast Spain, based largely on his own experiences of the region, he has also made significant contributions to other bird-related publications such as the Catalan Bird Report…
Birding the Costa
'Birding the Costa' is a blog spot for English speaking birders anywhere in Andalucía whose Spanish is not up to scratch. It is not just about rarities, although details will be posted of these…
César Vidal Rodríguez - Aves do Val Minor
Moi boas, a todos. Este blog pretendo usalo como caderno de campo e como noticiario (o mais actualizado posíbel), das aves vistas nestes tres concellos (Baiona, Gondomar e Nigrán)ou o que e o mesmo; O Val Miñor. Por suposto observación de aves interesantes noutros lugares de Galiza tamén estarán neste blog…
I am Miguel Angel Andres, amateur bird watchers and nature photographer . From this page I will try to contribute my bit to the conservation and promotion of natural values and putting an interest in birds, those wonderful flying creatures.
Extreme Birding Espana
Spannish birding BLOG…
Welcome to this corner. My intention is to share and disseminate experiences that these winged beings cause to bird lovers. I love birds and nature and enjoy watching it, knowing it and sharing it…
Spanish language birding blog….
J Andoni Perez
Ornitología y fauna en general, con fotografías y datos curiosos, principalmente en la Península Ibérica…
A blog about the biodiversity of the NW of the Iberian peninsula…
Photo Blog from Carmen Azahara
Pico y PLumas
Biólogo de bota, como suele decirse. Amante de la Naturaleza y la fotografía. Y con muchos pájaros en la cabeza. Hay que decir que este blog es solo provisional hasta terminar la página oficial…
Tierra de Aves (Land of Birds)
Lluc Semis Gasol, 18 - Lover of nature, especially birds and everything related to them. Amateur photographer. In this blog, I will share some of my work. Hope you like it.
Ardeola is the scientific journal of the Spanish Society of Ornithology (Sociedad Española de Ornitología, SEO/BirdLife). Three main topics are specially encouraged: ornithological studies carried out in the areas of Mediterranean climate and in the Neotropics, and applied studies dealing with the conservation of birds and their habitats. The Editorial staff will promote rapid publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts. (ALL papers are exclusively in English)
Birding in Spain
Birds and Birding Tours in northeast Spain: Plan your Birding trip to Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra..
Birds in Spain
Around 337 birds breed in Spain out of the total of 520 for Europe. More than 500 species are present at some time during the year. Officially (according to SEO) there are some 557 species listed for Spain (and rising). However, many of these are occasionals, vagrants or exotics. 250 odd are regular nesters…
Pictures of birds taken around Spain
1996 - 1999 Ramsar Convention. This is the official Web site of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and is maintained by the treaty secretariat, or Bureau. Material from the Ramsar pages may be reproduced freely for educational, journalistic, and other non-commercial purposes. The Bureau is always pleased to receive notification and/or samples of such uses. For commercial uses of Ramsar material or logos, please contact the Ramsar Bureau.
Enciclopedia virtual de los vertebrados Espanoles - Museo National de Cienias Naturales CSIC
Lista de las aves de España, Atlas Virtual de las aves de España etc.
Group of banding bird in Spain
Birds migration and banding birds in South Spain…
A guide to the environment, geography, climate, wildlife, natural history and landscape of Spain. Includes A-Z Spanish-English nature dictionary, dozens of articles on everything from the history of malaria in Spain to the status of wolves, checklists of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc…
Birding and weather relationship… (Mi pequeña contribución al gran cuaderno de campo que son los blogs de naturaleza. Fauna y meteorología serán los ejes principales de este espacio.)…
Rare Birds in Spain
It contains information on the activities of our Rarities Committee despite this it`s not its official web page. It also features monthly abstracts of the best bird sightings here…
Spain's leading nature store…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Pep Cantó
Wildlife art gallery
Bird Photography Spain - Nathan Boxem
Having recovered one of the hobbies of my youth, ornithology, I have now the pleasure to combine it with other hobby, photography. Little by little I will leave memories of my experiences in the field. For descriptions of the different species...
Birding in Spain Gallery
Welcome to bird pictures. A meeting place for all bird photographers…
Gallery - ASEDI – Digiscoping Gallery
Digiscoping Gallery of Spanish bird photography
Gallery - Fotografia de Aves y Otros Seres Vivos
Photographs of birds from around the world. Mainly from Spain, although there are now also some from Iceland and Sardinia.
Gallery - Quedada Natural
Fotografía de Naturaleza. Guía Qn de las Aves de España…
Photographer - Daniel Meraviglia