Birds of El Chorro (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

Feel the vultures

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Protection status:

  • Natural Site (Paraje Natural del Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes), Special Bird Protection Area (ES617003)

El Chorro is an impressive site where mountains with very high cliffs and wide pinewoods converge with three big water reservoirs.

The cliffs of El Chorro take in a dense population of Griffon Vultures, livened up by the always noisy Choughs. The Peregrine, Rock Bunting, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler and Crag Martin also live here. They are joined by Egyptian Vultures, Short Toed Eagles and Alpine Swifts in summer. The Bonelli’s Eagle uses to fly above the peaks.

Woods surrounding the reservoirs host Crested Tits, Firecrests and Common Crossbills.

The reservoirs do not host a very dense population of birds. Nevertheless, Great Crested Grebes and Cormorants are common with some Ospreys wandering in winter.

This trip requires a little long but pleasant walk to the top of a cliff by a comfortable track through the pinetree forest and the Mediterranean scrubland.

Trip duration: Half day (El Chorro) or Full day (El Chorro + Rio Grande)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Great Tit (Parus major), Great-crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), Rock Dove (Columba livia), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus). Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae), Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Summer: Alpine Swift (Apus melba), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Winter: Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

On passage: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Rüpell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii)

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):

HALF DAY (El Chorro)

Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 135€
Torremolinos 145€
Benalmádena 155€
Antequera 140€
according to meeting point (*)
Málaga 100€
Torremolinos 110€
Benalmádena 115€
Antequera 115€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (El Chorro + Valley of the Guadalhorce)

Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 180€
Torremolinos 190€
Benalmádena 200€
Fuengirola 210€
Mijas Costa 220€
Marbella 235€
Estepona 260€
Nerja 235€
Antequera 200€
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
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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