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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Valley of the Guadalhorce River

Nevertheless, rivers are always a big source of life and the Valley of the Guadalhorce is not an exception. With the first rains of October, the river recovers a big deal of strength after the dry summer and visiting its banks can provide us with nice views of birds like Mallard, Teal, Red-legged Partridge, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Black Stork, Osprey, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Snipe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Serin and Corn Bunting.


The Valley of the Guadalhorce gives name to one of the nine districts of Malaga province. It extends along the river from the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes (El Chorro) downstream up to its mouth next to the city of Malaga. These fertile low lands are mainly devoted to grow citrus fruits (lemons and oranges) and have gone through major transformations in the last centuries. Even the river forest is mostly dominated by the eucalyptus, a non native tree coming from Australia.