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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Río del Burgo

These are some of the birds we can observe during our trip: Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Western Olivaceous Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Spotless Starling, Golden Oriole, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Serin and Cirl Bunting.


El Burgo is a beautiful village placed to the north of the Sierra de las Nieves District and surrounded by rough mountains: Sierra Blanquilla (west), Sierra de Ortegicar (north), Sierra de Alcaparain (northeast), Sierra Cabrilla (southeast) and Sierra de las Nieves (southwest) from where the Rio del Burgo flows across a narrow valley surrounded by cliffs and pinewoods first, and a wider one dotted with olive, almond and walnut trees and orchards about on it as it approaches the village.

This last stretch of the river is covered by a lush river forest made of ashes, poplars, willows, oleander, bramble and sedge, home for not only birds but also reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies. There is nothing better in August, to cool ourselves down, than sharing the ponds and dykes at the end of our route, with their cold and limpid waters, with barbels, frogs, otters and kingfishers.