| The numbers of European birdwatchers
that visit the Madeiran archipelago have increased dramatically
in recent years. The reasons for this are many and varied. The
main reason to visit Madeira has always been the endemic bird
species and races. The second reason, and probably the most
interesting one, is the excellent opportunity for watching seabirds
and cetaceans from the mainland or boat crossings between the
nearby islands. The hot spot Porto Moniz, which is the number
one site for sea watching, is certainly a good reason for many
birders to visit Madeira. Add to this a nocturnal trip to Pico
do Areeiro, listening for the endemic Zino's Petrel under a
starry sky and your visit will stay in your memory for a long
time afterwards. And remember, Madeira offers easy birding and
is a perfect destination for a combined holiday with your partner
or family. Every birding site or boat trip has something for
Bird News 2013
sightings (external link)
Two trip reports added
» One bird photo
added 18 April
conservation work pays off: Zino’s Petrel bounces back!
Zinos Petrel was Europes rarest seabird even before
a ravaging wild fire hit the heart of Madeiras central
massif in August 2010, where this globally endangered bird breeds.
Read the good news about their breeding results for 2011 on
1st for Madeira!
On 10th March 2012 the Chzech birder Petr Podzemny found
a female at the rarity hot-spot Ponta do Pargo. This is the
first record for the archipelago of Madeira. Photos in larger
Ouzel 2nd for Madeira!
On 12th March 2012 the Chzech birder Petr Podzemny (again:)
found a female at Fanal. Check photo