Corsica's combination of natural features such as lush maquis and dense forests, endless unspoiled beaches and stunning moutain vistas plunging into the crystal clear Mediterranean sea are a draw for tourists and birders alike.

Corsica holds the greatest diversity of habitats of the islands of the western Mediterranean with a correspondingly varied birdlife. The mountainous interior holds raptors such as Bonelli's Eagle and Lammergeier, passerines such as Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper and Rock Sparrow, whilst warblers on Corsica include Spectacled, Subalpine, Sardinian and Marmora's.

The wetlands along the eastern coast, including Lake Biguglia, one of the country's 'Ramsar sites', provide opportunities for such rare species as Audouin's Gull, Greater Flamingo and White-headed Duck. But most european birders visit Corsica for its two endemic species, the Corsican Nuthatch and the recently seperated Corsican Finch. The Corsican Nuthatch is confined to conifer stands, exploited for timber, and as such faces a precarious future. The Corsican Finch is more common. The western Mediterranean race of Woodchat Shrike (L.s.badius) also occurs on Corsica and is identifiable by the lack of white at the base of the primaries.

Corsican Nuthatch

Corsican Nuthatch © Ian Merrill

Showing the 15 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Corsica, April 16th - 23rd 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Corsica, May 4th - 11th 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Corsica, May 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Corsica - October 2008, author Mark Gawn (added October 31, 2008)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Corsican Finch, Marmora's Warbler, Yelkouan Shearwater)

Corsica, Northern Italy and South-east France - September 2008, author Mark Hows (added October 2, 2008)
(little known introduced species)

Corsica - November 24 and 25, 2013, author Marcel Holyoak (added November 28, 2013)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Corsican Finch, Alpine Accentor, Golden Eagle, Marmora's Warbler)

Corsica - 30th April - 4th May 2005, author David Bird (added May 7, 2005)
(Haut Asco, Vizzavona, Vivario, Corsican Nuthatch, Cap Corse Audouin's Gull, Scopoli's, Yelkouan Shearwater)

Corsica - Isle of Beauty - 18th - 25th May 2014, author Christopher Hall (added May 26, 2014)
(Marmora's Warbler, Corsican Nuthatch)

Corsica and Sardinia - 29th April – 2nd May 2006, author Richard Bonser (added May 15, 2006)
(The prime reason for our visit was to target the two endemic species that are present on Corsica – Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Citril Finch)

Corsica - 2nd - 9th May 2010, author Christopher Hall (added June 30, 2010)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Etang de Biguglia, Cap Corse, Scala di Santa RĂ©gina gorge, Evisa, Asco valley)

Corsica and Sardinia - April 2007, author Mark Sutton (added June 15, 2007)
(Crosican Nuthatch, Corsican Citril Finch)

Corsica and Sardinia, May 2009, author Chris Lansdell (link created June 11, 2009)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Corsican Finch, Moltoni's Warbler and much more)

Feliceto, Corsica, author Mark Graham (added June 1, 2008)
(Feliceto)

Corsica & Sardinia, 30th May - 4th June 2006, author William Bowell (added July 27, 2006)
(Corsican Nuthatch, Corsican Citril Finch & Marmora's Warbler)

Corsica: 4th to 11th June 2011, author Ian Merrill (added August 19, 2011)
(Yelkouan Shearwater, 'Scopoli's' Shearwater, 'Mediterranean' Storm-Petrel, Moltoni's Warbler, Marmora's Warbler, Corsican Nuthatch, Italian Sparrow, Corsican Citril Finch)

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