Grazalema and Ronda Mountains Birding Daytrip

Grazalema and Ronda mountains are a calcareous massif located between the counties of Cádiz and Málaga. It presents a varied mountainous geography with an attractive blend of cliffs and dense oak groves, cork oak and even Spanish Fir forest. These forests grow easily due to this is one of the areas with the highest instance of rainfall in the whole Iberian Peninsula.

Ornithological interest

Grazalema is very important because of the cliff raptors population: Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Griffon Vulture (here one of the biggest colonies in Europe can be found).

It is also an excellent place for scrubland birds and Mediterranean forest birds such the Iberian Chiffchaff and some Sylvia Warblers species.

We can also view mountain birds like the Red-billed Cough, Black Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Trush or Alpine Accentor.

The mountain pass offers good places to observe the soaring birds during their migration.

Route

We will travel the local roads in search of the most interesting places at every time of the year. If you want, we can combine driving with short walks.

Main habitats

Mountains    Forest    Scrubland

TOP BIRDS

Black Wheatear, Egyptian Vulture, Iberian Chiffchaff

LOCATION

90 km from Seville (1 h 15 min) 

DURATION

≈ 10 hours.

AVAILABILITY

All year round.

RATES

Main habitats

Mountains    Forest    Scrubland

TOP BIRDS

Black Wheatear, Egyptian Vulture, Iberian Chiffchaff

LOCATION

90 km from Seville (1 h 15 min) 

DURATION

≈ 10 hours.

AVAILABILITY

All year round.

RATES

Grazalema and Ronda mountains are a calcareous massif located between the counties of Cádiz and Málaga. It presents a varied mountainous geography with an attractive blend of cliffs and dense oak groves, cork oak and even Spanish Fir forest. These forests grow easily due to this is one of the areas with the highest instance of rainfall in the whole Iberian Peninsula.

Ornithological interest

Grazalema is very important because of the cliff raptors population: Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Griffon Vulture (here one of the biggest colonies in Europe can be found).

It is also an excellent place for scrubland birds and Mediterranean forest birds such the Iberian Chiffchaff and some Sylvia Warblers species.

We can also view mountain birds like the Red-billed Cough, Black Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Trush or Alpine Accentor.

The mountain pass offers good places to observe the soaring birds during their migration.

Route

We will travel the local roads in search of the most interesting places at every time of the year. If you want, we can combine driving with short walks.

Most wanted birds

Residents

Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Bonelli’s Eagle

Black Wheatear

Blue Rock Thrush

Red-billed Chough

Rock Sparrow

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Golden Eagle

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Iberian Green Woodpecker

Southern Grey Shrike

Thekla Lark

Spotless Starling

Rock Bunting

Summer birds

Egyptian Vulture

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Subalpine Warbler

Western Orphean Warbler

Bonelli’s Warbler

Iberian Chiffchaff

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Lesser Kestrel

European Scops Owl

Red-necked Nightjar

Pallid Swift

Alpine Swift

White-rumped Swift

Woodchat Shrike

Red-rumped Swallow

Western Olivaceous Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Black-eared Wheatear

Winter birds

Osprey

 

Migrants

Black Stork

Eurasian Black Vulture