Bird watching Malaga: one of the most biodiverse regions in Europe (I)

Malaga and the Costa del Sol are not only a built-up coastline…

Photo: Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)

As you go away from the populated sea side, and even within it, as it is the case of the well-known Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve, located just between Malaga and Torremolinos, you will find an unknown and unexpected nature and bird watching heaven.

Conifer and Mediterranean (made of holm and cork oaks) forests, mountains up to 2,000 m. (6,500 ft.), high and low river valleys, farmlands, inland and coastal wetlands…

Montaña y campiña

Most of these habitats are included both in the Andalusian Network of Protected Natural Sites (RENPA) and Nature 2000 Network as Birds Directive Special Protection Areas or Sites of Community Importance.

Some examples are Montes de Malaga, Sierra de Camarolos, El Torcal, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Lagunas de Campillos, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (El Chorro), Sierra de las Nieves or Mouth of the Guadalhorce nature reserves.

All these diverse habitats have lots of different birds associated which cannot be found out of Iberia or the Mediterranean basin like the Bonelli’s Eagle, our most emblematic bird of prey, White-headed Duck, Cattle Egret, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Little Bustard, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Yellow-legged and Audouin’s Gulls, Thekla and Calandra Larks, Crag Martin, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Citting Cisticola, Iberian Grey Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Spotless Starling, Spanish and Rock Sparrows and Rock Bunting among the resident species.


During the breeding season, many more birds arrive to Malaga, like the Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Gull-billed Tern, Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Pallid and Alpine Swifts, Bee-eater, Short-toed Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Black-eared Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Western Orphean, Spectacled, Subalpine, Melodious, Isabelline and Western Bonelli’s Warblers and Woodchat Shrike.


In winter, we can enjoy such interesting birds like Black Stork, Crane and Alpine Accentor.


Please, contact Birdaytrip here for the best possible birding suggestions in Malaga and the Costa del Sol.

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