Portugal is perhaps best known for its sandy beaches and scenic rolling hills peppered with cork and oak trees. Yet the higher mountains to the north of the country can hold snow in winter. In the south of the country the rivers and marshes around places such as the Algarve can be rewarding for birdwatchers, particularly during migration. Waterbirds include Greater Flamingo, White Stork, the possibility of Glossy Ibis and in winter cranes. Waders include Black-winged Stilts, Avocets and Kentish Plovers. Three species of harrier and both Red and Black Kite are common, whilst there is still the possibility of the very rare Black-winged Kite. Lesser Kestrels nest on the church in Evora. The surrounding region also holds Great and Little Bustards as well as Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Closer to the spanish border Rollers and Great Spotted Cuckoo breed.

Portugal's western border alternates between rocky coastline, off-shore islands and sandy beaches, providing numerous nesting grounds for seabirds including Cory's Shearwaters, and Little Egrets.

Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel © Glyn Sellors

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Biscay 20th - 23rd August 2010 - Portsmouth/Bilbao Ferry, author Owain Gabb (added September 9, 2010)
(Cory's Shearwater, Sabine's Gull)

Portugal - Eastern Algarve - April 2013 , author Paul Davis (added September 30, 2013)
(Tavira and surrounding areas - Curlew Sandpiper, Azure-winged Magpie, Greater Flamingo)

Portugal - The Algarve, 2nd - 9th November 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)

Portugal, Algarve - August 2007: Storks, Wilson's Petrel & Great Bustards, author Stephen Burch (link created September 16, 2007)
(Wilson's Petrel, Great Bustard, Black Stork, White Stork)

Madeira June 2016, author Alan Tate (link created September 14, 2016)
(Fea's Petrel, Zino's Petrel, Windbirds, Madeira, pelagic)

Portugal - Algarve - 29th Sept - 6th October 2011, author Phil Lindley (added October 27, 2011)
(Castro Verde Plains, Santa Luzia, Ludo Farm etc.)

Madeira June 2016, author Alan Tate (link created October 25, 2016)
(Fea's Petrel, Zino's Petrel, Windbirds, Madeira, pelagic)

Southern Portugal, 24-30 August 2017, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created October 2, 2017)
(Ria Formosa, Castro Verde, Sagres, Ria de Alvor, Great Bustard, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Eleonora's Falcon, Honey Buzzard, Audouin's Gull, Little Bittern, Flamingo)

Southern Portugal, 17-24 September 2017, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created October 16, 2017)
(Ria de Alvor, Ria Formosa, Castro Verde, Sagres, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture, Honey Buzzard, Bonelli's Eagle, Quail, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Glossy Ibis, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse)

Whales & Dolphins of the Azores - 5th - 11th September 2015, author Naturetrek (link created November 7, 2015)

Portugal - Lisbon Area - 1st - 4th November 2012, author Colin and Alison Parnell (added November 13, 2012)
(Bustards, Stone Curlews, Cory's Shearwater)

Algarve, Portugal - 7th to 13th October 2006, author Mick Sveikutis (added November 12, 2006)
(Cape St Vincent, Quinta De Largo, Alvor)

Southern Portugal 22nd - 29th September , 2013, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created November 11, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor, Vilamoura, Monchique, Castro Verde, Black Vulture, Bonelli's Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Rock Thrush, Ferruginous Duck, Great Bustard, Kentish Plover, Slender-billed Gull)

Southern Portugal March 13, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created May 29, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Purple Swamphen)

Southern Portugal Easter 13, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created May 28, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Monchique, Castro Verde, Rock Bunting, Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Richard's Pipit, Purple Swamphen, Cream-coloured Courser)

Southern Portugal, 23-30 April 2017, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created May 23, 2017)
(Castro Verde, Ria Fomrosa, Ria de Alvor, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Collared Pratincole, Great Bustard, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Purple Heron )

Ria Formosa, Algarve, Portugal - 5th - 12th May 2016, author Mark Graham (added May 14, 2016)

Southern Portugal 12th – 18th April, 2011, author Christopher Hall (added May 1, 2011)
(Black-winged Kite, Imperial Eagle, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Roller)

Southern Portugal April 12, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created March 5, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Lesser Kestrle, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Roller, Tawny Pipit, Iberian Grey)

Southern Portugal Sept 12, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created March 5, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Glossy Ibis, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Audouin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark, Rock Thrush, Subalp)

Southern Portugal Feb 12, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created March 4, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor, Sagres, Lagoa dos Salgados, Monchique, Castro Verde, Garganey, Glossy Ibis, Bonelli's Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Common Crane, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pallid Swift, Alpine Accentor, )

Portugal - 26th February - 6th March 2013, author Bob Swann (added March 18, 2013)
(Castello Branco, Castro Verde)

The Azores - October 2007, author Tobi Koppejan (added March 18, 2008)
(bobolink, yellow-billed cuckoos and many american waders)

Southern Portugal 26 February - 5 March 2017 Laid-back birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created March 14, 2017)
(Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Monchique, Short-toed Eagle, Purple Swamphen, Ring Ouzel, Rock Bunting)

Southern Portugal Oct 12, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created March 11, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Ria de Alvor, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Squacco Heron, Egyptian Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Purple Swamphen, Great Bustard, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Red-rumped Swallow, Spa)

Cruise to the Azores, Canaries, Portugal and Spain - 21st May to 5th June 2017, author Mark Graham (added June 7, 2017)

Southern Portugal, 13-21 March 2016 - Laid-back Birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (added June 7, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Purple Swamphen, Black Vulture, Ring Ouzel, Woodchat Shrike, Ring-necked Duck)

Southern Portugal Easter 2014, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created June 6, 2014)
(Ria Formosa, Sagres, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Castro Verde, Lagoa dos Salgados, Gull-billed Tern, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Spectacled Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Firecrest, Glossy Ibis)

Southern Portugal April 2013, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created June 21, 2013)
(Ria Formosa, Cape St Vincent, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Audouin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Short-toed Lark, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Whea)

Portugal and Southern Spain - 5th - 12th May 2007, author Tim Farr (added June 20, 2007)
(Algarve, Bolonia, Donana, White-rumped Swift, Little Swift, Western Reef Heron)

Southern Portugal, 6-13 May 2018, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created June 18, 2018)
(Castro Verde, Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Great Bustard, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Melodious Warbler, Roller, Savi's Warbler, Rock Bunting )

Portugal - Algarve - 15th - 29th May 2010, author Greg Bond (added June 11, 2010)
(Algarve, dragonflies, butterflies, birds)

Southern Portugal May 2014, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created July 8, 2014)
(Ria de Alvor, Ria Formosa, Sagres, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Griffon, Black and Egyptian Vultures, Gull-billed Tern, Collared Pratincola, Blue Rock Thrush, Short-toed, Clandra, Wood, Sky, Thekla nad Crested Larks)

Southern Portugal, 7-14 May 2017, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created July 4, 2017)
(Castro Verde, Ria Formosa, Ria de Alvor, Monchique, Lagoa dos Salgados, Bonelli's Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, Collared Pratincole, Great Bustard, Little Bittern, Purple Heron, White-rumped Swift, Rufous Bush-tailed Robin, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Eagle Owl )

Portugal, Madeira, June 2009, author Peter Scheithe (added July 3, 2009)
(Zino's Petrel, Trocaz Pigeon)

Southern Portugal - 1st - 8th May 2016, author Guillaume Réthoré (added July 26, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Purple Swamphen, Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli's Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Oprhean Warbler)

Portugal - 1st - 5th March 2012, author Bob Swann (added July 18, 2012)
(in search of Category C species and a vulture)

Portugal - 4th - 19th June 2011 - Dragonflies and butterflies, author Greg Bond (added July 15, 2011)
(dragonflies, butterflies, Portugal, Algarve, Alentejo)

Southern Portugal, 9th - 16th November 2014, Laid-back birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (added January 28, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Purple Swamphen, Osprey, Caspian Tern, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Rock Bunting)

Southern Portugal, 15-22 February 2015, Laid-back birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (added January 25, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Rock Bunting, Bluethroat, Little Bittern)

Southern Portugal, 1-8 March 2015, Laid-back birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (added January 21, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture)

Portugal, author Tony Duckett (link created January 2, 2007)
(The Algarve, Bee-eaters, Red -necked Nightjars, Wryneck and Hoopoes)

Southern Portugal, 10-17 May 2014, Laid-back birding, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created January 19, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Ria Formosa, Lagoa ds Salgados, Sagres, Monchique, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Red-footed Falcon, Collared Pratincole, Squacco Heron, Roller)

Portugal, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created January 12, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Ria Formosa, Lagoa ds Salgados, Sagres, Monchique, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Yellow-browed Warbler, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Wryneck, Ortolan Bunting)

Southern Portugal, 5 - 19 May 2001, author RICHARD J WESLEY (link created February 9, 2006)
(This was planned as a bird watching trip and holiday with the emphasis on bird watching. This entailed birding from dawn 'til dusk most days with some time off for good behaviour. Although our base near Burgau was not ideal from the amount of travelling)

Southern Portugal Oct 11, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created February 26, 2013)
(Cap St Vincent, Monchique, Ria de Alvor, Castro Verde, Ria Formosa, Red-crested Pochard, Little Bitter, Ruppell's Vulture, Bonelli Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Audouin's Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Iberian Grey Shr)

Exploring Portugal's birdlife at A Rocha, author Guillaume Réthoré (link created February 22, 2014)
(A Rocha Portugal is an environmental NGO with a centre in the Algarve, in the Ria de Alvor Natura 2000 site.)

Southern Portugal, 19th-26th October 2014, Birds, birds, birds!, author Guillaume Réthoré (added February 2, 2016)
(Ria de Alvor, Lagoa dos Salgados, Sagres, Castro Verde, Great Bustard, Purple Swamphen, Griffon, Egyptian, Black and Rueppell's Vultures, Black Stork, Rock Bunting)

Southern Portugal, 5th – 19th May 2001, author RICHARD J WESLEY (added February 10, 2006)
(This was planned as a bird watching trip and holiday with the emphasis on bird watching. This entailed birding from dawn ‘til dusk most days with some time off for good behaviour. Although our base near Burgau was not ideal from the amount of travelli)

Portugal and Central Spain, June 2009, author Chris Lansdell (link created December 9, 2009)
(Cat C stuff near Lisbon, Ruppell's Vulture in Portugal, followed by Extremadura)

Southern Portugal - 22nd - 30th of November 2008, author Stefan Schlick (added December 4, 2008)
(Tejo and Sado Estuaries, Algarve)

Madeira - 6th -13th August 2012, author Bob Swann (added August 22, 2012)
(Looking for endemics)

Southern Portugal - 21st – 28th March 2013, author Christopher Hall (added April 6, 2013)
(Great and Little Bustards, Cream-coloured Courser, Spanish Imperial Eagle)

Southern Portugal - 4th - 11th April, 2011, author Christopher Hall (added April 30, 2011)

Southern Portugal - 11th – 17th April 2016, author Christopher Hall (added April 17, 2016)

The Algarve, Portugal, 2nd - 9th April 2005, author Mark Hows (link created April 15, 2005)
(with pics of Azure-winged Magpie, Collared Pratincole, Little Bittern and others)

Tavira, Portugal: March 2017, author Pete Aley (added April 14, 2017)
(Flocks of Greater Flamingos and Audouin’s Gulls, Black-shouldered Kite, Booted Eagle, several Great Spotted Cuckoos, parties of Azure-winged Magpies, two each of Blue Rock Thrush, Western Subalpine Warbler and Pallid Swift, Bluethroat, a few Spotless St)

Southern Portugal - 26th March – 2nd April, 2012, author Christopher Hall (added April 11, 2012)
(Black-shouldered Kite, Collared Pratincole, Little Bustard, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Alpine Accentor)