Rare birds

Rare birds
Aaron Maizlish

Rare birds

One of the reasons birdwatchers flock to the Sagres region is the chance that migration might bring unexpected birds.

Here, you can frequently see birds that are not often seen in Portugal, like the Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinelllus), the Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardii), or the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana. Some less common raptors are also seen here every year: Cinereous Vutltures (Aegyptius monachus), Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti), Golden Eagles (Aquila chryasaetos), or Eleonora's falcons (Falco eleonorae).



In the past few years, some truly rare birds have been spotter here: Sabine’s Gull (Xema sabini), Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca).


To find out what rare birds were recently spotted in the region, consult the eBird list for Vila do Bispo

More about which species are considered rare in Portugal