Birds and birdwatching in Portugal

Some 600 bird species have been recorded in Portugal, if one includes Madeira and the Azores. List of birds of Portugal – Wikipedia

Birding Resources by the Fat Birder for Portugal

Portugal is a great country for birdwatchers – both residents and visitors. This small country has been largely ignored by ornithologists yet it has a lot to offer, not only in terms of breeding birds, but also in migrants and non-breeding visitors – seabirds form an important part of what is on offer, both on the mainland and on the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

Birdwatching books about Portugal and her islands

A Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde (Helm Field Guides (recommended)

‘For visiting birders, I would unhesitatingly recommend this book as a must – there is no other guide like it.’ Scottish Bird News (June 2007) ‘Tony Clarke’s guide is more up-to-date, and more pragmatic in its approach, than any other work covering the Atlantic Islands, and should be required reading for every resident or visiting birder.’ Birdwatch (August 2006) ‘Tony Clarke’s energy, enthusiam and awareness shine through time and time again – it’s a splendid achievement. I like his whole approach… not only has he filled an important gap in birding coverage, he has done so in a way that, if slightly quirky, works very well.’ Birds Illustrated (Spring 2007) ‘Tony Clarke’s superb new book covers all the species recorded on the islands to date…supported beautifully by Chris Orgill and Tony Disley’s illustrations. This is an absolute must-have for the birdwatcher planning a trip to any of the Atlantic Islands.’ The Visitor (13th September 2006) ‘This excellent guide is the first to deal exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region… This has to be the field guide of choice for anyone visiting the islands.’ (29th August 2006)

Birds of Portugal

472 bird species have been recorded in Portugal, including its outlying islands. The most important of the latter are Madeira and the Azores. The Azores, due to their geographical location, record a number of North American species rarely recorded elsewhere in Europe. Almost all years, there are new records of bird species presence in Portugal

Prion Birdwatchers’ Guide to Portugal and Madeira

A  guide to 32 of the best birdwatching sites, giving details of location, access, best times to visit, bird species expected, and other interesting wildlife present. It also includes a selective bird list giving brief details on the distribution and status of the uncommon birds which may be found, cross-referenced to site information, and a full species list. In addition, advice on preparing for a trip, transport and accommodation details are provided.

Algarve Wildlife

One reader wrote:
After dozens of visits to the Algarve with no real idea of where to look and, most importantly, when to look for particular birds, wildflowers or fungi, I now have a guide that answers those vital questions. Such a time saver for anyone who has only limited holiday time and wants to use it as productively as possible.

Birdwatching holidays in Portugal

Birding in Portugal | Birds of The Alentejo blends guided and non-guided birdwatching throughout southern Portugal with a centralised location in a sparsely populated region of unique beauty.

Your stay in this friendly country is hosted at Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, a small family-run hotel in a stunning lakeside location.

Algarve Birds & Birdwatching

Simon Wates is resident in Portugal on the nature-rich Sagres peninsula right at the tip of southwestern Europe. He can bring you in close contact with all the birdlife of this region – as well as its unique flora and other wildlife. Using personally acquired and detailed local knowledge his guided tours focus on revealing the more difficult species apart from the well known. Also available are day trips and short holidays to other areas in southern Portugal & Spain where your guide is equally at home.

Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds

Birdwatching Trip Reports Portugal