Bird Watching on Formentera

There are some excellent opportunities for bird watching on Formentera as species migrating from North Africa take a break. These include the woodchat, shrike, nightingale, and spotted flycatcher. The wetlands around Estany Pudent and Estany des Peix are also a rich breeding ground for local birds. All together there are over 200 species to look out for:

Audouin’s Gull, Balearic Shearwater, Balearic Warbler, Barred Warbler, Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, Black-necked Grebe, Black-winged Stilt, Blue Rock-thrush, Bluethroat, Cattle Egret, Chaffinch, Common Moorhen, Common Shellduck, Common Starling, Common swift, Common Whitethroat, Corn Bunting, Cory’s Shearwater, Crag Martin, Dartford Warbler, Eleonora’s Falcon, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, Grater Flamingo, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Grey Wagtail, Hoopoe, House Martin, House sparrow, Kentish Plover, Kingfisher, Linnet, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit, Nightjar, Ortolan Bunting, Peregrine, Pied Avocet, Puffin, Razorbill, Redshank, Reed Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Ruff, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Lark, Skylark, Sparrow-hawk, Spectacled Warbler, Spotted Crake, Spotted Redshank, Stone Curlew, Storm Petrel, Thekla’s Lark, Turnstone, Turtle Dove, Western Subalpine Warbler, Whinchat, White Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, Yellow Wagtail

Some specific areas for ornithologists to visit are:

  • The rocks and rosemary bushes are a breeding ground for the red-legged partridge, Thekla lark and rock thrush
  • Peregrine falcons, Balearic shearwaters, and Audouin’s gull are native to Formentera and can be spotted out on the island’s many headlands
  • The island of Espardell just off the northern tip has a colony of cormorants
  • The adventurous bird watcher will move off land into Es Freus to look for storm petrel, the Balearic shearwater, fisher eagles, cormorants, yellow-legged gull, and Audouin’s gull
  • Out at Far de la Mola peregrine falcons nest in the cliffs, and the rock sparrows also take to the barren terrain.
  • Over in Far de Barbaria you can find shearwaters, peregrine falcons, and gulls

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