Bird Watching in Madeira
Bird watching has become very popular in Madeira and there are many excellent sites and reserves in the archipelago. Madeira has a huge variety of land and sea birds, 42 species that nest here and some species endemic to Macaronesia that only exist in Madeira.
Madeira Island is an excellent destination for bird watching due to its unique location and its ecosystem. Here, many land birds can be seen, such as the pigeon trocaz (Columba trocaz), the corridourier (Anthus berthelotii), the manta (Butteo butteo harterti) and the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus canariensis) and many sea birds such as the Bugio nun (Pterodroma feae), the nun (wood Pterodroma), the cory caterpillar (Calonectris diomedea), the patagarro (Puffinus puffinus), the chick (Puffinus assimilis), the collared caterpillar (Puffinus gravis), the rock of castro (Oceanodroma castro), the yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis atlantis), the dark-winged gull (Larus fuscus) and the striped-billed gull (Larus delawarensis).
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