Birding Factoids

277 species
in 48 families

None of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
5 speciality species
1 endangered species

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Gibraltar Specialities
Barbary Partridge - Photo copyright Jussi Vakkala
Photo copyright Jussi Vakkala
    ....The Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory is a branch of the Gibraltar
      Ornithological and Natural History Society (GONHS) which was founded in 1976.  Its aims are to foster the study and protection of wildlife and the natural environment in the area of the Straits of Gibraltar. The Observatory monitors migration of seabirds, raptors,storks, and passerines and holds a database of records since 1964. Activities also include an intense passerine ringing programme, and accomodation for visiting ringers or observers are located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve from where spectacular views of migrating soaring birds can be seen. See also the GONHS Programme of Events.
    ....Watching migration in Gibraltar - by Richard Banham. The Strait of 
      Gibraltar in Spring and Autumn is the scene of significant migration of Storks and Raptors (birds of prey), only seriously rivalled by the Straits of the Bosphorus and the Middle East. Without doubt the magnificent spectacle which this affords for several months of the year is the area's biggest attraction for the keen 'twitcher' or even the more casual birdwatcher.
    ....Raptor and Stork migration across the Strait of Gibraltar - The 
      phenomena of bird migration is a subject that has aroused human interest for hundreds of years and it is here, along the Strait of Gibraltar, where the African and European continents almost meet and where two seas, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, merge together, that this bi-annual spectacle of bird activity can best be observed. 
    ....Trip Report: Strait of Gibraltar (Spain), August 28 - September 13, 1998
      by Ken Tucker. I have recently returned from a two week spell of voluntary work with Programa Migres counting migrant storks and raptors over the Strait of Gibraltar. The work was concentrated along the Spanish coast between Algeciras and Bolonia. On my return I provided a trip report to E.J. Garcia and he has encouraged me to forward the trip report to EBN... 

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Gibraltar Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
    ....Dolphin Trips - On the research vessel NIMO, operated by the Helping
      Hand Trust. Sails twice daily. 


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European Endemics and Specialities

in Gibraltar

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in Gibraltar. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Gibraltar. 

No European Endemics in Gibraltar - No National Endemics

Endangered Birds in Gibraltar

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

None ___ Lesser Kestrel

Other Speciality Birds in Gibraltar

___ Audouinís Gull
___ Barbary Partridge
___ Black Kite
___ Blue Rock Thrush
___ Booted Eagle

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