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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…

Top Sites

Top Sites

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.

Contributor

Marcial Yuste Blasco

Moro Marsh Nature Reserve Ornithologist

myb@provicom.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 554

Number of bird species: National Bird

Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus

Checklist

Checklist

WebBirder Checklist

Fatbirder's very own checklists are now available through WebBirder

Useful Reading

Where the Birds are in Northeast Spain

by Steve West illustrated by Ernest Leahy and others 2004

ISBN: 8460915999

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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: 9780713683141

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Where to Watch Birds in Southern & Western Spain

Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson. 3rd edition 2008 - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 9780713683158

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Where to Watch Birds in Spain

by José Antonio Montero | Lynx Edicions | 2006 | Paperback | 341 pages, colour photos, maps

ISBN: 8496553043

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Where to Watch Birds in Spain (Guia de las Aves de Espana)

Eduardo de Juana & Juan M. Varela - Lynx Edicions 2010
See Fatbirder Review - Out of Print

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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ISBN: 8496553043

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Wild Spain: A Traveller's Guide

by Frederic V Grunfeld | Sheldrake Press |Paperback | Jul 1999 | Edition: 3 |

ISBN: 1873329326

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Organisations

Fundacion Natura

Website

La Fundació Natura és la primera ONG creada a Catalunya dedicada exclusivament a la conservació de la diversitat biològica mitjançant la protecció, millora i restauració dels ecosistemes naturals…

Grupo de anillamiento Pit-roig

Website

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…]

Proyecto AVIS

Website

Sistema de registro y consulta de citas de aves en Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias…

Sociedad Española de Ornitología

Website

Melquiades Biencinto 34, E-28053 Madrid. + 34 91 4340910 seo@seo.org

Spanish Rarities Committee

Website

Rare Birds in Spain - news etc…

Txepetxa

Website

Asociación Anillamiento Científico de Aves Txepetxa…

Museums

Museo National de Cienias Naturales CSIC

http://www.vertebradosibericos.org/aves.html

Bird List, Atlas etc…

Reserves

National Parks

Website

Brief pieces on many of the parks…

National Parks

Website

A total of 1,226 square kms. of the 500,000 that make up Spain have been set aside as National Parks…

Wetlands

Website

Spain presently has 49 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 172,980 hectares…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

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.

2004 [February] - Stuart Piner - Northern, Central and Southern Spain

Report

Just prior to Christmas 2003, whilst at a university drinks outing, James Gilroy informed me he was planning a Spanish trip in early 2004, and asked me if I would like to be on the team. Having only ever lifted my bins outside Britain on one previous occasion I jumped at the chance to give my Western Palaearctic list a much needed kick start and hopefully gain some vital experience with potential British vagrants…

2005 [May] - Gruff Dodd

Report

I have had an ambition for some time to try to see all the regularly breeding and wintering birds in Europe, and over the years I have whittled down the number I have left to see to just 11. I therefore decided to make a short trip over to Central Spain over the bank holiday weekend in order to try to tick off two of these, namely Little Bustard and Western Orphean Warbler. I was also keen to see the Iberian race of Green Woodpecker, as well as trying to locate 2 vagrants, Bald Ibis and Long-legged Buzzard (of the North African race cirtensis) that had been seen recently in the Belén area…

2006 [April] - Lutz Lucker - Extremadura & NW Spain

Report

First nights camping rough , then Hotel Rosales in Malpartida de Plasencia and Motorway Motel El Cruce, 10 kms north of Trujillo between la Aldea and Torrecillas…

2006 [May] – David & Amanda Mason – Extremadura and Donana

Report

In birding terms a memorable 10 days with 179 species seen in total including 3 lifers (plus a further 4 species only heard)…

2007 [September] - Robin Griffiths

Report

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 [January] - Alan Jack

Report

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 [May] - Alan Jack - Spanish Pyrenees

Report

…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 [July] - Graeme Pegram

Report PDF

…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 [May] - Brian Gibbons

Report PDF

…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 [November] - Ashley Powell

Report

…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….

2013 [September] - Kathie Claydon

Report

…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) …

Guides & Tour Operators

Anytime Tours

Tour Operator

Fatbirder's very own birding tours offered to a number of areas of Spain… see the relevant regional page for details…

Aquila Bird Tours

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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…

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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…

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Birding Trekking & Nature

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

Birding Tours in Northeast Spain…

Iberian Wildlife Tours

Tour Operator

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…

Natura Indomita

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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…

Oriole Birding

Tour Operator

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.

Pico Verde Walking Holidays

Tour Operator

Pico Verde Walking Holidays offer guided, self-led and independent walking holidays in northern Spain. Although they don`t offer bird-watching holidays, they have a slideshow section on their website which has pictures of over 270 birds of the area along with their songs.

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

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.

Spain Birds

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

…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

Tour Operator

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…

Places to Stay

Boletus Birdwatching Centre - Pyrenees

Accommodation

Birdwatching Centre in the Spanish Pyrenees, we inform birders where to go and we organize tours in the northeast of Spain…

Lonely Birder

Accommodation

Where to eat & sleep when you are birding in Spain & the World…

Forums & Mailing Lists

Birdwatch-Spain

Mailing List

To post to list: birdwatch-spain@yahoogroups.com

List contact: birdwatch-spain-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: birdwatch-spain-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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.

HispanAves el Foro sobre Ornitología y Desarrollo Sostenible

Forum

Todo sobre la ornitología de España y Europa [Spanish Bird Forum]

Territorio Natural

Mailing List

Ornitología,Medio Ambiente y Naturaleza en general – Spanish Bird Forum…

Blogs

A través del Telescopio

Blog

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

Blog

Vivencias de un pajarero que ejerce en toda España y parte del extranjero. Alfonso Rodrigo…

Aroximacio a l'Ornitologia

Blog

Un blog per gaudir de la fotografia , am petites explicacions sobre cada espècie…

Aves de Aquí y de Allá

Blog

Blog about birding and Ringing in Spain. By Álex Alamán…

AVES EN ESPAÑA

Blog

Photoblog of birds in spain…

Aves Ricardo Rodriguez

Blog

Blog de las aves vistas y fotografiados Ricardo Rodrigues…

Birding In Spain

Blog

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

Blog

'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

Blog

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…

El blog de ASEDI

Blog

A Spanish digiscoping BLOG

Extreme Birding Espana

Blog

Spannish birding BLOG…

Guiri-Pajarero-Suelto

Blog

Spanish language birding blog….

Hegaztiblog

Blog

Birding photoblog…

J Andoni Perez

Blog

Ornitología y fauna en general, con fotografías y datos curiosos, principalmente en la Península Ibérica…

Noroeste ibérico

Blog

A blog about the biodiversity of the NW of the Iberian peninsula…

Only Birds

Blog

Photo Blog from Carmen Azahara

Pico y PLumas

Blog

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…

Other Links

Ardeola

Website

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

Website

Birds and Birding Tours in northeast Spain: Plan your Birding trip to Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra..

Birds in Spain

Website

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…

Carduelis carduelis

Website

Pictures of birds taken around Spain

Convenio Ramsar

Website

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

Website

Lista de las aves de España, Atlas Virtual de las aves de España etc.

Group of banding bird in Spain

Website

Birds migration and banding birds in South Spain…

Iberia nature

Website

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…

Isocero

Website

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.)…

Radiotracking Spain

Website

Radiotracking birds in Spain….

Rare Birds in Spain

Website

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…

Reservoir Birds

Website

Best source for rare bird news in Spain…

The Peregrine in Barcelona

Website

Peregrine reintroduction in Barcelona…

Web Oryx

Website

Spain's leading nature store…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Gebbe Björkman

Gallery

Art & Nature

Artist - Pep Cantó

Gallery

Wildlife art gallery

Birding in Spain Gallery

Gallery

Welcome to bird pictures. A meeting place for all bird photographers…

Gallery - ASEDI – Digiscoping Gallery

Gallery

Digiscoping Gallery of Spanish bird photography

Gallery - Fotografia de Aves y Otros Seres Vivos

Gallery

Photographs of birds from around the world. Mainly from Spain, although there are now also some from Iceland and Sardinia.

Gallery - Quedada Natural

Gallery

Fotografía de Naturaleza. Guía Qn de las Aves de España…

Photographer - Daniel Meraviglia

Gallery

Bird photographs