ORNITHOLOGY

Ornithological Tourism

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Gorafe (Granada)
More than 50 birds
Ornithological routes
Excursions

BIRDS

What can you see?

The area where the caves are located is one of the best places in Andalusia, where you can observe steppe birds and, to a lesser extent, rupicolous and riverbank birds. The most common are: the little bustard, the stone-curlew, the black-bellied sandgrouse, calandra lark, the greater short-toed lark, the lesser short-toed lark (one of the best areas in Spain), Thekla’s lark, crested lark, Dupont’s lark (isolated population), Northern and black-eared wheate (very abundant), roller, bee-eater (abundant) and the important population of trumpeter finch should be highlighted.

Diversity of birds of prey such as Montagu’s harrier, golden eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, short-toed snake eagle, Peregrine falcon, Common kestrel, Eurasian eagle-owl and feeding area of griffon vulture and Egyptian vulture of the population of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park . Also relevant is the presence of red-billed chough, Eurasian crag martin, red- rumped swallow, rufous-tailed scrub robin, alpine accentor (in winter), blue rock thrush (abundant), western Orphean warbler, Sardinian warbler, spectacled warbler, subalpine warbler, dartford warbler, woodchat shrike (very abundant) ), Iberian grey shrike (abundant), spotless starling, rock sparrow (very abundant), red-necked nightjar and rock bunting.

HABITAT

Habitat status

Semi-arid depressions; rivers and streams; ravines and cliffs and highlands with cereal crops. Depression between the Granada Baetic Mountain ranges to the north of Sierra de Baza and Sierra Nevada, with a semi-arid climate (less than 300 mm of rain per year). Altitude between 650 and 1,400 m.
Plains with cereal crops, in which ravines and clayish gullies appear, with large areas of esparto grass and some holm oak pastures that give it the appearance of a savanna. Remains of Aleppo pine forests.

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