Grazalema and Ronda Mountains Birding Day trip

Grazalema and Ronda mountains form a set of limestone ranges between the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga.

They present a varied mountainous geography, with an attractive blend of cliffs and dense oak groves and even Spanish Fir trees (a near-endemic of this area), dotted with white villages that climb the slopes.

This rich vegetation grows easily due to this is one of the areas with the highest instance of rainfall in the whole Iberian Peninsula.

These mountains are a stronghold for the Spanish Ibex, which can easily be seen moving smoothly on the rocks.

Grazalema and Ronda Mountains are 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 as the Iberian Chiffchaff and some Sylvia Warblers species.

We can also spot mountain birds like the Red-billed Chough, Black Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush or Alpine Accentor.

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

High density and variety of rock birds.
Abundance of birds of prey.
Great scenic and botanical interest.
Easy observation of the Spanish Ibex.
Cultural interest of white villages.

Depending on where we pick you up and your targets, we will visit different areas to be as successful as possible.

We will use the sinuous network of mountain roads (in good condition) to reach the different birding hotspots. Short walks may be necessary to see some of the species.

But if you’re looking to spend most of your day birding on foot and using the vehicle as little as possible, this area is also suitable for that.

Blog: Top 10 birds of Grazalema & Ronda Mountains

Due to the size of the area and the many possibilities, a visit of more than one day is also recommended.

Most wanted birds

RESIDENTS
Bonelli's Eagle
Bonelli's Eagle
Griffon Vulture
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Black Wheatear
Black Wheatear
Blue Rock-Trush
Blue Rock-Trush
Red-billed Chough
Red-billed Chough
Rock Sparrow
Rock Sparrow

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SUMMER
Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture
Rufous-tailed Rock-Trush
Rufous-tailed Rock-Trush
Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
Bonelli's Warbler
Bonelli's Warbler
Iberian Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff

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WINTER
osprey andalusian birds
Osprey
Alpine Accentor
Alpine Accentor
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Fieldfare
Fieldfare
Goldcrest
Goldcrest
Eurasian Bullfinch
Eurasian Bullfinch
MIGRATION
Black Stork
Black Stork
Black Vulture
Eurasian Black Vulture
Rüppell's Griffon Vulture
Rüppell's Griffon Vulture
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Lesser Kestrel
European Scops Owl
Red-necked Nightjar
Pallid Swift
Alpine Swift
White-rumped Swift
Woodchat Shrike
Red-rumped Swallow
Black-eared Wheatear

Golden Eagle
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Iberian Green Woodpecker
Southern Grey Shrike
Thekla Lark
Spotless Starling
Rock Bunting

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   MAIN HABITATS

Mountains    Forest    Scrubland

 

   TOP BIRDS

Black Wheatear, Egyptian Vulture, Iberian Chiffchaff

 

   LOCATION

Cádiz and Málaga provinces. 90 km from Seville (1 h 15 min) 

 

   DURATION

≈ 10 hours.

 

   AVAILABILITY

All year round.

 

   RATES

   Pick up service in Seville or close to destination point (Ronda-Grazalema area), free of charge. For long distance pick up a supplement fee will be applied.

   Local guide fluent in English.

   Paper checklists of the birds to observe.

   Free access to identification guides and quality optical materials.

   All taxes.

   Doñana Wings is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalusian Government as an Active Tourism company (AT/SE/00129) and holds a Liability Insurance (82168675) and Accidents Insurance (82164529) with AXA SEGUROS Company.

    Meals and drinks.

    Accomodation.

If you have to cancel the tour due to reasons related to COVID-19 (impediments to travel, infection…) you will be reimbursed 100% of your booking, no matter when you cancel. In other cases:

– Cancellations at least 7 days before the tour: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellation due meteorological conditions: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations from 7 days before the tour until 2 days before the tour: 50% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations less than 48 hours before the tour or “No show”: 0% of the amount will be refunded.

GRAZALEMA & RONDA MOUNTAINS
The kingdom of rock birds
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