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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

The Mouth of Rio Velez

These are some of the birds we can find at the Mouth of Rio Velez in August: Mallard, Little Grebe, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Purple Swamphen, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Little Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Isabelline Warbler, Wren, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Penduline Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Serin. Some more birds could be found on passage, like Squacco Heron, Osprey, Spotted Crake, waders, Sand Martin, Whinchat, acrocephalus, locustella and leaf warblers. Even some wintering waterfowl and seabirds might be present here at the end of August.


Those who are enjoying summer along the east coast of Malaga province, in the Axarquia District, have the opportunity to visit this great birding place.

The Mouth of Rio Velez is possibly the most important birding place in the Axarquia District. Despite it is a green oasis in the middle of a very dry region, it does not enjoy any kind of special protection though we have recently known about plans to include it in the Andalusian Network of Protected Natural Sites... Good news!