Extremadura Bird Guide

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If you are looking for a Extremadura bird guide (person), in this article you can find some key information. If you are looking for a Extremadura bird guide (in paper), here you can also find some valuable information. On the one hand, although this website is not an atlas or a bird guide, I try to give some tips to differentiate the most similar species. On the other hand, the option of hiring a bird guide in Extremadura can be very interesting. A guide knows the terrain in detail and will help you find the species you are looking for.

How to learn to identify the birds of Extremadura?

Rapaces de ExtremaduraIf we go to an area that we do not frequent or if we are just starting out in birdwatching, it is likely that we will have some difficulty in identifying birds. My recommendation is to buy a paper atlas or bird guide. It is very important that you invest time in familiarising yourself with the different species.

Birdwatching in their natural habitat is essential and we will have to spend many hours to be able to identify them with a certain accuracy… However, as difficult as it may seem, as the days go by and the hours accumulated, it will become easier and easier to do so. Simply by the position of the wings, the habitat in which they are found, the time of day, the season of the year… All this will give us clues as to which bird we are dealing with.

What are the best bird guides?

There are many very complete guides. I would recommend Aves de España by Eduardo de Juana and J. Valera and Svensson’s Guía de Aves de España, Europa y región mediterránea. However, there is a lot of high quality material on the market. They are guides to the birds of Extremadura and the whole peninsula, in fact the latter includes birds from all over Europe. I think it is important to take the time to look through the guide, read the information about each bird and of course look at the pictures and illustrations. It is always going to be much easier to identify a bird on paper than in the field…. But if we are not able to identify it from a photo, we will hardly be able to do so in reality.

On the other hand, there are several useful websites and APPs. The website of SEO Birdlife of course it is key but there are also more recent websites that can help you a lot like EBIRD.

I recommend always going to the field with either a paper or digital guidebook and every time you make a sighting and think you have identified a species, corroborate it with the guidebook. At first it can be a bit cumbersome but there will come a time when we will not need the guidebook. We will know “by heart” 95% of the birds we see on each outing.

Why hire a Extremadura bird guide?

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Watching a group of black storks

When you have a limited amount of time to visit a particular area, you always want to make the most of it. Hiring a guide will always help you to make the most of this time, investing it in the most productive areas. They will also be able to show you spots that you would never discover on your own and, above all, know which are the best places to visit at any given moment.

For example, there may be an extraordinary area to see waterfowl in winter but not in spring. Many birds are migratory and if we do not know the seasonality of their movements we can waste our time looking for them. And of course, there are some very elusive birds that, without the help of a guide, would be very, very difficult to locate. All this is coming from a person who loves to investigate, to discover new areas by himself. I spend hours looking at google maps, searching for paths and trails to reach certain areas…

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Black storks in the nest

Googling will always help us, but there is a lot of information, a lot of experiences, a lot of knowledge that we will never be able to find in google. This website focuses on the fauna of Extremadura, so if you need help, please do not hesitate to contact Birding in Extremadura and they will be delighted to help you. On this website you can also find an article with the best areas for birdwatching in Extremadura. I hope this article will serve you as a birding guide and that you will enter this exciting world. Once you get in, there is no way out…

Extremadura bird guide

In the last few years we have been able to observe birds in Extremadura on a regular basis that were not observed years ago. It is difficult to find them in many of today’s guidebooks. For this reason we have decided to make available to you this completely updated list with all the birds that we can observe in Extremadura today. If you click on each one you will find images and a brief description.


Spanish name (link) Latin name English name
Abejaruco Común
 Merops apiaster European Bee-eater
Abejero europeo
 Pernis apivorus European honey buzzard
 Upupa epops Hoopoe
Acentor Alpino
 Prunella collaris Alpine Accentor
Acentor Común
 Prunella modularis Dunnock
Agachadiza Chica
 Lymnocryptes minimus Jack Snipe
Agachadiza Común
 Gallinago gallinago Common snipe
Agateador Común
 Certhia brachydactyla Short-toed Treecreeper
Águila Culebrera Europea
 Circaetus gallicus Short-toed Eagle
Águila Imperial Ibérica
 Aquila adalberti Spanish Imperial Eagle
Águila Pescadora
 Pandion haliaetus Osprey
Águila Real
 Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle
Águila-azor Perdicera
 Hieraaetus fasciatus Bonellis Eagle
Aguililla Calzada
 Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle
Aguilucho Cenizo
 Circus pygargus Montagus Harrier
Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental
 Circus aeruginosus Marsh Harrier
Aguilucho Pálido
 Circus cyaneus Hen Harrier
Aguilucho Papialbo
 Circus macrourus Pallid harrier
Aguja Colinegra
 Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit
Alcaraván Común
 Burhinus oedicnemus Stone-curlew
Alcaudón Común
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike
Alcaudón Dorsirrojo
 Lanius collurio Red-backed Shrike
Alcaudón Meridional
 Lanius meridionalis Iberian Grey Shrike
Alcotán Europeo
 Falco subbuteo Hobby
Alimoche Común
 Neophron percnopterus Egyptian Vulture
Alondra Común
 Alauda arvensis Sky Lark
Alzacola Rojizo
 Cercotrichas galactotes Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin
Anade Friso
 Mareca strepera Gadwall
Anade Rabudo
 Anas acuta Northern pintail
Anade Real
 Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
Andarríos Bastardo
 Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper
Andarríos Chico
 Actitis hypoleucosCommon Sandpiper
Andarríos Grande
 Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper
Ánsar Comun
 Anser anser Greylag Goose
Archibebe Claro
 Tringa nebularia Greenshank
Archibebe Común
 Tringa totanus Common Redshank
Archibebe Fino
 Tringa stagnatilis Marsh Sandpiper
Archibebe Oscuro
 Tringa erythropus Spotted Redshank
 Garrulus glandarius Eurasian Jay
Autillo Europeo
 Otus scops Scops Owl
Avefría europea
 Vanellus vanellus Peewit
Avetorillo Común
 Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern
Avetoro Común
 Botaurus stellaris Great Bittern
Avión Común
 Delichon urbicum House Martin
Avión Roquero
 Ptyonoprogne rupestris Crag Martin
Avión Zapador
 Riparia riparia Sand Martin
Avoceta Común
 Recurvirostra avosetta Avocet
Avutarda Común
 Otis tarda Great Bustard
Azor Común
 Accipiter gentilis Northern Goshawk
 Scolopax rusticola Eurasian woodcock
Bengali rojo
 Amandava amandava Red avadavat
 Panurus biarmicus Bearded Tit
Bisbita Alpino
 Anthus spinoletta Water Pipit
Bisbita Arbóreo
 Anthus trivialis Tree Pipit
Bisbita Campestre
 Anthus campestris Tawny Pipit
Bisbita Pratense
 Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit
Búho Campestre
 Asio flammeus Short-eared Owl
Búho Chico
 Asio otus Long-eared Owl
Búho Real
 Bubo bubo Eagle Owl
Buitre Leonado
 Gyps fulvus Griffon Vulture
Buitre Negro
 Aegypius monachus Monk Vulture
 Cisticola juncidis Zitting Cisticola
Busardo Ratonero
 Buteo buteo Common Buzzard
Buscarla Pintoja
 Locustella naevia Grasshopper Warbler
Buscarla Unicolor
 Locustella luscinioides Savi’s Warbler
Calamón Común
 Porphyrio porphyrio Purple Swamp-hen
Calandria Común
 Melanocorypha calandra Calandra Lark
Camachuelo Común
 Pyrrhula pyrrhula Common Bullfinch
Canastera Común
 Glareola pratincola Collared Pratincole
Cárabo Europeo
 Strix aluco Tawny Owl
Carbonero Común
 Parus major Great Tit
Carbonero Garrapinos
 Parus ater Coal Tit
Carraca europea
 Coracias garrulus European Roller
Carricerín Común
 Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Sedge Warbler
Carricero Común
 Acrocephalus scirpaceus Reed Warbler
Carricero Tordal
 Acrocephalus arundinaceus Great Reed Warbler
Cerceta Carretona
 Anas querquedula Garganey
Cerceta Comun
 Anas crecca Eurasian teal
Cernícalo Primilla
 Falco naumanni Lesser Kestrel
Cernícalo Vulgar
 Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel
Charrán Común
Sterna hirundo Common Tern
Charrancito Común
 Sterna albifrons Little Tern
Chochín Común
 Troglodytes troglodytes Wren
Chorlitejo Chico
 Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover
Chorlitejo Grande
 Charadrius hiaticula Great Ringed Plover
Chorlitejo Patinegro
 Charadrius alexandrinus Kentish Plover
Chorlito carambolo
 Charadrius morinellus Eurasian dotterel
Chorlito Dorado
 Pluvialis apricaria European Golden Plover
Chorlito Gris
 Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover
Chotacabras europeo
 Caprimulgus europaeus European Nightjar
Chotacabras cuellirrojo
 Caprimulgus ruficollis Red-necked Nightjar
Chova Piquirroja
 Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Red-billed Chough
Cigüeña Blanca
 Ciconia ciconia White Stork
Cigüeña Negra
 Ciconia nigra Black Stork
Cigüeñuela Común
 Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt
 Coturnix coturnix Common quail
Cogujada Común
 Galerida cristata Crested Lark
Cogujada Montesina
 Galerida theklae Thekla Lark
Colimbo grande
 Gavia immer Common loon
Colirrojo Real
 Phoenicurus phoenicurus Common Redstart
Colirrojo Tizón
 Phoenicurus ochruros Black Redstart
Collalba Gris
 Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear
Collalba Negra
 Oenanthe leucuraBlack Wheatear
Collalba Rubia
 Oenanthe hispanica Black-eared Wheatear
 Philomachus pugnax Ruff
Cormorán Grande
 Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant
Corneja negra
 Corvus corone Carrion crow
Correlimos Común
 Calidris alpina Dunlin
Correlimos de Temminck
 Calidris temminckii Temmincks Stint
Correlimos Gordo
 Calidris canutus Red Knot
Correlimos Menudo
 Calidris minuta Little Stint
Correlimos Tridáctilo
 Calidris alba Sanderling
Correlimos Zarapitín
 Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper
Críalo Europeo
 Clamator glandarius Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuco Común
 Cuculus canorus Common Cuckoo
Cuervo grande
 Corvus corax Common raven
Curruca Cabecinegra
 Sylvia melanocephala Sardinian Warbler
Curruca Capirotada
 Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap
Curruca Carrasqueña
 Sylvia cantillans Subalpine Warbler
Curruca Mirlona
 Sylvia hortensis Western Orphean Warbler
Curruca Mosquitera
 Sylvia borin Garden Warbler
Curruca Rabilarga
 Sylvia undata Dartford Warbler
Curruca Tomillera
 Sylvia conspicillata Spectacled Warbler
Curruca Zarcera
 Sylvia communis Common Whitethroat
 Taeniopygia guttata Zebra finch
Elanio Común
 Elanus caeruleus Black-shouldered Kite
Escribano Hortelano
 Emberiza hortulana Ortolan Bunting
Escribano Montesino
 Emberiza cia Rock Bunting
Escribano Palustre
 Emberiza schoeniclus Reed Bunting
Escribano Soteño
 Emberiza cirlus Cirl Bunting
 Falco columbarius Merlin Esmerla
Espátula Común
 Platalea leucorodia Eurasian Spoonbill
Estornino negro
 Sturnus unicolor Spotless starling
Estornino pinto
 Sturnus vulgaris Common starling
Faisán vulgar
 Phasianus colchicus Common pheasant
Flamenco común
 Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo
Focha común
 Fulica atra Eurasian coot
Fumarel Cariblanco
 Chlidonias hybrida Whiskered Tern
Fumarel Común
 Chlidonias niger Black Tern
Gallineta común
 Gallinula chloropus Common moorhen
Ganga Ibérica
 Pterocles alchata Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Ganga Ortega
 Pterocles orientalis Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Ganso del Nilo
 Alopochen aegyptiaca Egyptian goose
Garceta Común
 Egretta garzetta Little Egret
Garceta Grande
 Egretta alba Great White Egret
Garcilla Bueyera
 Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret
Garcilla Cangrejera
 Ardeola ralloides Squacco Heron
Garza Imperial
 Ardea purpurea Purple Heron
Garza Real
 Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Gavilán Común
 Accipiter nisus Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Gaviota cabecinegra
 Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Mediterranean gull
Gaviota cana
 Larus canus Common gull
Gaviota patiamarilla
 Larus michahellis Yellow legged gull
Gaviota reidora
 Chroicocephalus ridibundus Black-headed gull
Gaviota sombría
 Larus fuscus Lesser black-backed gull
Golondrina Común
 Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow
Golondrina Dáurica
 Hirundo daurica Red-rumped Swallow
Gorrión Chillón
 Petronia petronia Rock Sparrow
Gorrión Común
 Passer domesticus House sparrow
Gorrión Molinero
 Passer montanus Tree Sparrow
Gorrión Moruno
 Passer hispaniolensis Spanish Sparrow
 Corvus monedula Jackdaw
Grulla Común
 Grus grus Common Crane
Halcón Peregrino
 Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon
Herrerillo Capuchino
 Parus cristatus Crested Tit
Herrerillo Común
 Parus caeruleus Blue Tit
 Carduelis carduelis European goldfinch
Lavandera Blanca
 Motacilla alba White Wagtail
Lavandera Boyera
 Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail
Lavandera Cascadeña
 Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail
Lechuza Común
 Tyto alba Barn Owl
 Carduelis spinusSiskin
Martín Pescador
 Alcedo atthisCommon Kingfisher
Martinete Común
 Nycticorax nycticorax Night Heron
Milano Negro
 Milvus migrans Black Kite
Milano Real
 Milvus milvus Red Kite
Mirlo Capiblanco
 Turdus torquatus Ring Ouzel
Mirlo Común
 Turdus merula Blackbird
 Cinclus cinclus Dipper
 Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit
Mochuelo europeo
 Athene noctua Little Owl
Morito Común
 Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis
Mosquitero Común
 Phylloscopus collybita Common Chiffchaff
Mosquitero Ibérico
 Phylloscopus ibericus Iberian Chiffchaff
Mosquitero Musical
 Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler
Mosquitero Papialbo
 Phylloscopus bonelli Bonelli’s Warbler
Obispo coronigualdo
 Euplectes afer Yellow-crowned bishop
 Oriolus oriolus Golden Oriole
Pagaza Piconegra
 Sterna nilotica Gull-billed Tern
Pájaro Moscón
 Remiz pendulinus Penduline Tit
Paloma bravía
 Columba livia Rock dove
Paloma torcaz
 Columba palumbus Common wood pigeon
Paloma zurita
 Columba oenas Stock dove
Papamoscas Cerrojillo
 Ficedula hypoleuca Pied Flycatcher
Papamoscas Gris
 Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher
Pardillo común
 Linaria cannabina Common linnet
Pato Colorado
 Netta rufina Red-crested Pochard
Pato Cuchara
 Spatula clypeata Northern shoveler
Lucinia svecicaBluethroat
Perdiz roja
Alectoris rufaRed-legged partridge
Petirrojo Europeo
 Erithacus rubecula Robin
Pico de coral
 Strilda astrild Common waxbill
Pico Menor
 Dendrocopos minor Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Pico Picapinos
 Dendrocopos major Great Spotted Woodpecker
 Coccothraustes coccothraustes Hawfinch
Pinzón Real
 Fringilla montifringilla Brambling
Pinzón Vulgar
 Fringilla coelebsCommon Chaffinch
Piquituerto Común
 Loxia curvirostra Common Crossbill
Pito Real
 Picus viridis Green Woodpecker
Polluela Bastarda
 Porzana parva Little Crake
Polluela Chica
 Porzana pusilla Baillons Crake
Polluela Pintoja
 Porzana porzana Spotted Crake
Porrón Europeo
 Aythya ferina Common Pochard
Porrón Moñudo
 Aythya fuligula Tufted Duck
Porrón pardo
 Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck
 Gypaetus barbatus Bearded vulture
 Cyanopica cyanus Azure-winged Magpie
Rascón Europeo
 Rallus aquaticus Water Rail
Reyezuelo Listado
 Regulus ignicapilla Firecrest
Reyezuelo Sencillo
 Regulus regulus Goldcrest
Roquero Rojo
 Monticola saxatilisRock Thrush
Roquero Solitario
 Monticola solitarius Blue Rock Thrush
Ruiseñor Bastardo
 Cettia cetti Cetti’s Warbler
Ruiseñor Común
 Luscinia megarhynchos Rufous Nightingale
Serín verdecillo
 Serinus serinus European serin
Silbón Europeo
 Anas penelope Eurasian wigeon
Sisón Común
 Tetrax tetrax Little Bustard
Somormujo Lavanco
 Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe
Tarabilla Común
 Saxicola torquatus Common Stonechat
Tarro blanco
 Tadorna tadorna Common shelduck
Tarro canelo
 Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy shelduck
Tejedor común
 Ploceus cucullatus Village weaver
Terrera común
 Calandrella brachydactyla Greater short-toed lark
 Jynx torquilla Eurasian wryneck
Tortola común
 Streptopelia turtur European turtle dove
Tortola turca
 Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian collared dov
 Lullula arborea Woodlark
Trepador azul
 Sitta europaea Eurasian nuthatch
 Miliaria calandra Corn bunting
 Pica pica Eurasian magpie
Vencejo cafre
 Apus caffer White-rumped swift
Vencejo común
 Apus apus Common swift
Vencejo pálido
 Apus pallidus Pallid swift
Vencejo real
 Apus melba Alpine swift
Verderón común
 Chloris chloris Greenfinch
Zampullín común
 Tachybaptus ruficollis Little grebe
Zampullín cuellinegro
 Podiceps nigricollis Black-necked grebe
Zarapito real
 Numenius arquata Eurasian curlew
Zarcero políglota
 Hippolais polyglotta Melodious warbler
Zorzal alirrojo
 Turdus iliacus Redwing
Zorzal charlo
 Turdus viscivorus Mistle thrush
Zorzal común
 Turdus philomelos Song thrush
Zorzal real
 Turdus pilaris Fieldfare