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Because of its strategic position at the gateway of two continents, Tarifa is a unique blend of Europe and Africa, the main migratory route south across the Straits. We are lucky to have renowned experts Niki Williamson and Nick Tonkin based minutes from El Aguilon, organising excellent guided tours with their company Inglorious Bustards; So if you´re after  a snapshot of superb resident species in intertidal, wetland, farmland, woodland and urban habitats, we really do have some star local species waiting for you here in the Straits!

A successful reintroduction programme of the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis took place here in 2008, and you should be able to see these extraordinary birds at their nesting colony or grazing on surrounding farmland close to El Aguilon.

SPECIES

Great Crested Grebe
Little Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Little Bittern
Black-crowned Night heron
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Purple Heron
White Stork

Glossy Ibis
11. Northern Bald Ibis
12. Spoonbill
13. Greater Flamingo
14. Lesser Flamingo
15. Mallard
16. White-headed Duck
17. Marbled Duck
18. Red-crested Pochard
19. Pochard
20. Ferruginous Duck


21. Black Kite
22. Griffon Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

Short-toed Eagle
23. Buzzard
24. Kestrel
25. Lesser Kestrel

26. Red-legged Partridge


27. Moorhen
28. Coot
29. Crested Coot
30. Western Swamphen
31. Stone Curlew*
32. Black-winged Stilt
33. Avocet
34. Collared Pratincole
35. Little Ringed Plover


36. Lapwing
37. Green Sandpiper
38. Slender-billed Gull
39. Black-headed Gull
40. Yellow-legged Gull
41. Lesser Black-backed Gull
42. Gull-billed Tern
43. Little Tern
44. Whiskered Tern


45. Woodpigeon
46. Feral Pigeon
47. Turtle Dove

48. Collared Dove
49. Little Owl*
50. Monk Parakeet
51. Red-necked Nightjar


52. Little Swift
53. White-rumped Swift
54. Alpine Swift
55. Pallid Swift
56. Common Swift

Swallow

64. House Martin


57. Bee-eater
58. Hoopoe
59. Iberian Green Woodpecker
60. Crested Lark
61. Sand Martin
62. Red-rumped Swallow
63. 65. White Wagtail
66. ‘Iberian’ Yellow Wagtail
67. Nightingale
68. Rufous Bush Chat
69. Stonechat
70. Blue Rock Thrush
71. Blackbird
72. Savi’s Warbler*
73. Zitting Cisticola
74. Cetti’s Warbler
75. Great Reed Warbler
76. African Reed Warbler
77. Western Olivaceous Warbler
78. Blackcap*
79. Sardinian Warbler
80. Western Orphean Warbler*
81. Southern Grey Shrike
82. Spotless Starling
83. Jackdaw
84. Raven
85. House Sparrow
86. Common Waxbill
87. Black-headed Weaver
88. Yellow-crowned Bishop
89. Chaffinch

90. Rufous Bushchat
90. Serin* 
91. Greenfinch
92. Goldfinch
93. Linnet
94. Corn Bunting

RAPTOR PASSAGE

White Stork

Black Stork

Honey Buzzard

Black Kite

Red Kite

Egyptian Vulture

Griffon Vulture

Short-toed Eagle

Booted Eagle

Marsh Harrier

Hen Harrier

Montagu's Harrier

Goshawk

Sparrowhawk

Buzzard

Osprey

Kestrel

Lesser Kestrel

Hobby

Eleonora's Falcon

Merlin

Seabirds

Lapwing

Green Sandpiper

Slender-billed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Yellow-legged Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Little Tern

Whiskered Tern

WATERBIRDS

Spoonbill

Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

Mallard

White-headed Duck

Marbled Duck

Red-crested Pochard

Pochard

Ferruginous Duck