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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Hoz de Marín


All this botanical diversity leads to the presence of a very wide array of birds including mountain and forest species like Red-legged Partridge, Bonelli’s Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Wood Pigeon, Eagle Owl, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Nightingale, Black Wheatear, Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Bonelli’s Warbler, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Azure-winged Magpie, Jay, Raven, Spotless Starling, Golden Oriole, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Serin, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill, Cirl Bunting and Rock Bunting.

In May, this marvelous valley acts as a natural soundvox for the display songs of hundreds of birds.

Itinerary

The Hoz (deep valley) de Marin hosts one of the best preserved river forests in Malaga province, at the heart of its Northeast District. The forest grows alongside Marin stream (a tributary to the Guadalhorce river not far downstream the gorge) and it is composed of Black and White Poplars, Narrow-leaved Ash, Field Elm, Common Hawthorn, Dog Rose and Elmleave Blackberry.

The steep hillsides along the valley are covered with some typical Mediterranean bushes in the mint (phlomis, rosemary, thyme), rock rose, greenweed and broom families and topped with small rock outcrops. The central and final stretches of the gorge home a fantastic natural Aleppo Pine forest though part of it is recovering from a terrible fire in September 2016.