Birdwatching in Gibraltar

Birdwatching in Gibraltar is another very popular activity for visitors. Enjoy viewing some of the 315 different bird species that migrate along the Strait of Gibraltar. Join our specialised ornithological guide and photographer.

Birding in Gibraltar

Our Birdwatching Tours allow you to watch over 315 different bird species migrating along the Strait of Gibraltar.

Due to Gibraltar’s geographical location, the Rock of Gibraltar has situated itself in the middle of a bottleneck migration route between Europe and North Africa. The vegetation on the rock provides the migrating birds with an ideal location of rest and refuelling.

Over 315 bird species have been recorded migrating over Gibraltar. Furthermore, the best time to get to witness the most species is during the Autumn and Spring Migration periods. 

Make sure to book your Birdwatching Tour with our expert now. Limited spaces are available so book quick to avoid disappointment. 

Birdwatching Tour

Gibraltar

£ 200
from
  • Max 8 People
  • Transport & Equipment
  • Private Tour
  • Qualified Ornithological Guide

Bird Migration in Gibraltar

February and March 
The start of bird of prey migration, including the Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, and Egyptian Vulture, is excellent. In the straits, Cory’s Shearwaters.

The months of March and April.

From late March to early April, raptors such as the Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh and Montagu’s Harriers, Buzzard, Booted Eagle, and Osprey can be seen. Subalpine and Spectacled Warblers, as well as Black-eared Wheatears, are among the smaller spring migrants.

April and May 
Are ideal for migratory passerines, and big falls may be seen in the Strait area following storms. Those who wish to see the most diversity of species should go between mid-April and mid-June. Birds are still traveling north at this time of year, and the majority of summer visitors have arrived to breed. Montagu’s Harrier, Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Tawny Pipit, Rufous Bush Robin, Northern & Black-eared Wheatears, Rock Thrush, Western Olivaceous Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Willow & Bonelli’s Warblers, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Woodchat Shrike, Ortolan Bunting and many others.

June
June is ideal for Honey Buzzards and other late bird of prey migration, which includes a large number of non-breeding individuals from Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, and Black Kite.

July and August are the summer months.
The months of July and August are perhaps the finest for seabird viewing. Offshore, there are vast numbers of Balearic and Cory’s Shearwaters, as well as thousands of Audouin’s Gulls migrating westward. Slender-billed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, and Black Tern are among the other seabirds that are likely to be seen at this time. The migration of the White Stork, Black Kite, and Common Swift southward peaks in July and August, and may be extremely dramatic at times.

August through October 

The latter week of August and the first ten days of September are ideal for raptors on the move, notably Honey Buzzards, Egyptian Vultures, and Montagu’s Harriers. At the end of September and the beginning of October, Black Storks and Short-toed and Booted Eagles arrive. In the autumn, the peak of passerine activity occurs from late September to mid-November, when significant falls occur as a result of severe weather. The migration of the finches is stunning in October and early November.

From November until February
The winter season is defined as November through February. The end of February is also a fascinating period since summer migrants from Africa come while winter species remain.

Bird Autum Spring
White Stork 156.122 132.608
Black Stork 3.036 3.539
Sparrowhawk 3.067 4.295
Booted Eagle 33.774 21.471
Common Buzzard 131 162
Short-toed Snake Eagle 19.559 20.232
Marsh Harrier 735 2.355
Montagu´s Harrier 1.356 1.355
Griffon Vulture 8.824 8.760
Black Kite 224.585 169.019
Egyptian Vulture 2.483 1.282
Osprey 92 842
Honey Buzzard 59.332 59.362
Lesser Kestrel 345 1.759
Hobby 40 273

Estimates of the passage of the 15 most common species (source: Fundación Migres)

Other Day Tours

Make sure to also consider some of our great Day Tours in Gibraltar. We also organise Day Trips to Spain to complete your holidays in Gibraltar. 

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