Birdwatching – The endemics

20 February, 2018

Today we had a wonderful birdwatching morning with our nice party of five birdwatchers. Although it was a typical cold and windy winter morning in Madeira Island we managed to observed some unusual birds species. During Winter many species migrate from Europe to warmer Africa and along the way they stop on our magnificent island. Truly a stunning variety of landscapes and birds.

We have started at the most eastern part of the island known as São Lourenço peninsula, one of the most important bird areas on the island that belongs to Natura 2000 ecological network. Some of the reasons for being a good birdwatching spot are due a dryer flattish terrain and diversity of molluscs and arthropods providing food items for the birds. Here we saw the Berthelot’s Pipit or the Canary and a lot more.

To increase the diversity of spotted species we visited a riverine habitat, with beautiful landscapes and magnificent trees like Barbusanos (Apollonias barbujana) or Canary Willow (Salix canariensis) in the north and the south of the island where we can find some bird species that feed of molluscs and small fishes like the Eurasian Coot or Grey Heron.


Full list of species watched:

Madeiran subspecies

3 Berthelot’s Pipit Anthus berthelotii maderensis

1 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi


Macaronesian subspecies

1 Common Kestrel Falcus tinnunculus canariensis

6 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla heinecken

6 Canary Sernius canaria canaria


Introduced species

2 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa


Native species

8 White Wagtail Motacilla alba

1 Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

4 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

28 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris

1 Common Moorthen Gallinula chloropus


Migratory species

2 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

2 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

3 American Black Duck Anas rubripes

15 Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata

1 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea


Join us on our next birding adventure!




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