Birds of the Andalusian steppe (Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain)

Where Great Bustards dance in the sun

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Protection status:

  • Complejo Endorreico de La Lantejuela: Nature Reserve, Site of Community Importance (ES6180002)
  • Campiñas de Sevilla (Osuna): Special Bird Protection Area (ES6180017)

The Andalucian steppe is the perfect habitat for the Great Bustard, the heaviest European flying bird. Along with the Great Bustard, the farmlands around the nice town of Osuna are home for Black-winged Kites, Little Bustards, Stone Curlews, Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Calandra Larks, Iberian Grey Shrikes and Spanish Sparrows all year round.

Migratory birds, specially waders and waterfowl, find in the numerous pools scattered around the farmlands perfect resting places in their flyways from and to the continent. Not surprisingly, lots of amazing birds will choose this area as their breeding quarters as it is the case of Black Kites, Montagu’s Harriers, Lesser Kestrels, Collared Pratincoles, Gull-billed, Black and Whiskered Terns, Bee-eaters and Red-rumped Swallows.

Trip duration: Full Day

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Coot (Fulica atra), Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Gadwall (Anas Strepera), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Great Bustard (Otis tarda), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Jackdaw (Corvus monedula), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Raven (Corvus corax), Red Kite (Milvus milvus), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (serinus serinus), Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala), Zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Summer: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Colared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Roller (Coracias garrulus), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), Short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Short-toed lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Winter: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Crane (Grus grus), Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Merlin (Falco columbarius), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Teal (Anas crecca), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

On passage: Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), Dunlin (Calidris alpina), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), Little Stint (Calidris minuta), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Price includes:

  • English speaking birding guides.
  • Transport (optional).
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English.
  • Trip accident insurance.
The trip departure time is chosen by you.
The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a picnic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the beach!

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TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):


Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 230€
Torremolinos 255€
Benalmádena 265€
Antequera 215€
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

For groups over 4 persons on Birdaytrip's vehicle, other meeting points or tailor made trips, please, send your query.

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