Algarve provides top-class birding at almost any time of the year. Discover why Portugal is one of the most interesting European destination for birdwatching and all that our Culture & Nature Heritage has to offer in Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.
This 4 hours tour has been specifically tailored throught the hotspots of birdwatching in Ria Formosa Natural Park to give you the chance to enjoy the very best of the Natural Reserve and the resident and migrant bird life.
Itinerary: Ludo - Quinta do Lago - Tavira Salt Farms
The Birdwatching Tours are adapted to cover a wide range of observers, from novice to expert. The guides are ornithologists and biologists with a deep knowledge of the birdlife and local natural habitats. This knowledge is crucial to find delicate and difficult species.
Either a pleasant hobby or a special contact with nature this tour is indicated to everyone who wishes to raise their passion and awareness of the priceless bird fauna that lives all year around us while having a closer look on new, rare and hard to observe species.
No fixed or set dates you decide the date that best suit you and yours. We can provide you binoculars and birds catalogue .
Bird Species in Ria Formosa:
Main Species - Non Migratory and Common: Purple swamphen (Porphyriio porphyrio)
Abundant Passerines: Common waxbil (Estrilda astrild); Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus); Crested lark (galerida cristata); Common chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita); Sardinian warbler (sylvia melanocephala); Azure-winged Magpie (cyanopica cyanus);
Common: Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta); Ringed Plover (charadrius hiaticula); White Stork (Ciconia ciconia); Lesser Black Backed Gull (Lanus fuscus); Curlew (Numerius arquata); Black-winged Stilt (Himatopus bimantopus); Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) and Knot (Calidris canutrus)
Least Concerned: Kentish Plover (Charadrius Alexandrinus); Bar-tailed godwit (Limosa Lapponica); Mediterranean Gull (Larus Melanocephalos); Western reef heron (Egretta Gularis); Glossy ibis (Plegadis Falcinellus); Redshank (Tringa Totanus); Eurasian wigeon (Anas Penélope); Grey plover (Pluvialis Squatarola)
Endangered: Shoveler (Anas clypeata) and Vulnerable: Gadwall (Anas strepera); Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa Limosa)
Partial Migratory Species:
Common: Common Buzzard (Buteo búteo); Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo); Flamingo (Phoenicoptenus Ruber); Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus mixahelis); Little Egret (Egretta garzetta); Coot (Fulica atra); Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus); Grey Heron (Ardea cinérea); Eurasian teal or common teal (Anas crecca); Great crested grebe (Podiceps Cristatus); Little grebe (Tachybaptus Ruficollis); Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos); Sanderling (Calidris alba);
Least Concerned and Vulnerable: Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) and Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leurodia)
Oyster and small clams farms
Olhão Main Church
Chapel of Nossa Sr.ª da Soledade
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Maritime Commitment building