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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Sierra de Mollina y Laguna de la Ratosa

Birds in Sierra de Mollina. We will enjoy nice views of Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Hoopoe, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Nightingale, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Raven, Spotless Starling, Golden Oriole, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Serin, Hawfinch and Common Crossbill.

La Ratosa Lake Nature Reserve. As said, it hosts almost the same species that we can find in the nearby Fuente de Piedra Lake, specially Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Greater Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Stilt, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Whiskered Tern, Bee-eater, Nightingale and Yellow Wagtail, plus all the typical farmland birds like Crested and Calandra Larks and finches.

In May, both the woods and the lake will show their best face after the spring rains in the middle of the birds’ display season.


The Sierra de Mollina is a prominent round hill isolated in the middle of the flat lands north of the Antequera District. It is covered by a lush Mediterranean scrub and surrounded to the south by an Aleppo Pine forest mixed with the remains of some abandoned olive groves with beautiful clearings.

La Ratosa Lake Nature Reserve is located north of the Sierra de Mollina, very close to Alameda. It is an endorheic temporary lake that may host almost the same species that we can find in the nearby Fuente de Piedra Lake.