Birds of Italy

Where to go for birdwatching in Italy

Italy is a natural bridge connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean. The heterogeneity of natural habitats offers many opportunities to watch birds, starting from species typical of the Siberian taiga, as the Pygmy Owl, to an Indo-African species as the Bonelli’s Eagle.

Fat birder on Italy

Italy is generally avoided by foreign birders due to the continuing rumour that There is nothing to see in Italy except for House Sparrows which is – of course – completely wrong. Birding in Italy is not easy, that`s true, but it can be very productive

Birds of Italy (Wikipedia)

Italy has recorded 516 bird species.


Italy is an important route for trans-Saharan bird migrants because it is a natural bridge connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean.

Raptor and Stork Migration

Migratory birds with a low wing loading such as Stork, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, KestrelHobbyBosphorus or Straits of Gibraltar large numbers leave at Cap Bon in Tunisia and enter Europe via the Aeolian I and slands and the Straits of Messina to Calabria. Most of these birds breed in central and northern Europe. The birds return to Africa in Autumn by depend on thermals and updrafts for soaring to cross the Mediterranean in Spring. Although the majority of these birds enter Europe via the the same route.

EBN Where to watch birds in Rome

Foreign birders coming to Rome for the Jubileum, may have some spare time for birding. Rome is a nice city with several parks and villas easily accessible by bus. Here you can find a selection of suitable areas where you can approach some of the birds living “in Roma urbe”.

These may include : European Kestrel, Peregrine, Collared Dove, Barn Owl, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Redstart, Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Subalpine Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting.

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Birdwatching tours in Italy

Birdwatching Holiday in Italy

Travel to one of Europe’s largest, and most ornithologically neglected river deltas, the Po Delta, on the shores of the Adriatic.Bird highlights include Pygmy Cormorant in its westernmost European outpost, breeding Ferruginous Duck and Red-crested Pochard, all the European breeding heron species together with Greater Flamingo, Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis, Caspian, Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns, and the delta is one of themost regular sites in Europe for Lesser Crested tern, as well as having the largest European Little Tern colony