Malaga Birds

We have some of the most exciting bird watching in Europe here and not just because of our wide variety of habitats. Being so close to North Africa, southern Spain is first port of call on the spring and autumn migrations for thousands of species.

Here is a list of the species I have seen here, thrown down haphazardly as they come to mind.

by Patrick J O'Keefe
Great Black CormorantPhalacrocorax carboThe Beach Scene
by Vaibhavcho
Short-toed Snake EagleCircaetus gallicusShort-toed Eagle
by Pete George
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatusBattle in the Skies
by Dharani Prakash
Bonneli's Eagle Aquila fasciataThe Eagles are Here!
FalconKestrelFalco tinnunculusFalcons & Hawks
By Вых Пыхманн
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanniFalcons & Hawks
FalconPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinusFalcons & Hawks
Photo Iberia-natur
Honey BuzzardPernis apivorusThe Big Flock
pic RSPB
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilisFalcons & Hawks
Monk Parakeet & pigeons
Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachusBeach Scene
PheasantRed-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufaNest Defender
Pigeons in Malaga
PigeonColumba LiviaThe Beach Scene
by Clara Verheij
Woodchat shrikeLanius senatorThe Crash
Photo Andrew Clifton
House SparrowPasser domesticusThe Beach Scene
Photo Francesco Canu
Spanish SparrowPasser hispaniolensisThe Beach Scene
Photo by Pierre Dalous
Griffon vultureGyps fulvusMigration - the big birds



The Siskin are lovely little birds that seem to flood the natural park with twittering much of the year. If it is fairly low flying, finch shaped, yellow and flies in a twittering flock, you have your i.d.!

Siskin, Spinus spinus, last seen 04.2017




Cattle Egret

I have seen Cattle Egrets here fairly rarely, generally flying near the coast, perhaps near bigger ponds or riverbeds. So this photo from near an overgrown water deposit in Árchez back about 2015 is also my last sighting of one.

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis


Summer birds

Swallows in the rain




Barn Swallows are resident in the villages all summer, nesting in ruins or under house eves. I have also seen Red-rumped Swallows here, occasion, even evacuating the odd stray that flew into a building!

Common Swift

The swift Swift









Note: My camera work is limited by a point-and-shoot camera and limited time to sit still and watch, so only a few of the photos shown are my own. Besides, as a grasshopper, I can’t get too close to birdlife without great personal risk. I try to ensure all photographs are free for use and their author and origin acknowledged.