Take advantage of the privileged insular location of the nine islands of the Azores to observe and photograph the behavior and beauty of endemic birds, which have developed unique characteristics due to the fact that they are isolated and confined to the natural habitat of each island, as well as migratory birds, which have taken advantage of the geographic location and abundant food for a rest stop during their migration or even for nesting.
At the center of attention will certainly be the Azores bullfinch, an endemic bird considered an endangered species, whose habitat is limited to Serra da Tronqueira, on the island of São Miguel.
But in addition to the Azores bullfinch, the Monteiro’s storm petrel, one of the rarest seabirds in Europe and endemic to the islets of Graciosa Island, also stands out; the Atlantic canary, a species exclusive to Macaronesia; and several endemic subspecies such as the Chaffinch, the Goldcrest, the Azores woodpigeon, and the Common buzzard.
The Azores also have the world's most important nesting populations of Cory's Shearwaters and Rosy Tern. The peculiar sound produced by the Cory's Shearwaters has become a hallmark of the Azores and delights tourists who decide to spend an evening by the sea.
In total, the Azores archipelago has approximately thirty breeding species and the number of occasional species already observed and registered in the archipelago is close to four hundred.
On all the islands you can go for birdwatching, with emphasis on the islands of São Miguel and Graciosa for the observation of endemic species, the island of Terceira for the observation of gulls and waders from the Nearctic and Palaearctic ecozones, and the islands of Flores and Corvo, for the observation of American passerines, in addition to the other species already mentioned.
Birdwatching lovers will find an authentic paradise here!
For more information, visit the official Tourism of the Azores website at www.visitazores.com.