A day birdwatching on the west of Madeira observing most of the island endemic bird species and unfolding amazing sceneries.
80 EUR per person (>10 years old) 50 EUR per child (1-10 years old) *lunch included
Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest, Berthelot's Pipit, Atlantic Canary, Plain Swift, Madeira Chaffinch, Spectacled Warbler.
East side of Madeira, from sea level up to 500 meters (1640 feet) of altitude, though the itinerary is dependent on weather conditions, so it may vary.
Pick ups start around 9:30 and drop off is around 17:00. Check availability during your stay.
10 endemic bird species & subspecies of Madeira and Macaronesia.
Visit different habitats: Laurel Forest, Coastal, Shrubland and Rivers.
Good photo opportunities of birds, butterflies and landscapes
Pick up and drop off at the same place
3 course meal with drinks included on the tour
Quality telescope & binoculars (shared by group), guide books
English and Portuguese speaking ornithologists
Bring a jacket for the altitude cooler temperatures, a hat, comfortable shoes for walking through some irregular terrain and a bottle of water.
Minimum people to run the trip: 2
Maximum group size: 8
City centers of Machico, Santa Cruz, Caniço, Funchal, Cabo Girão. As long as your hotel is not too difficult to access due to traffic, narrow roads or controlled entrance, pick up is at the hotel, otherwise it will be at a meeting point close by. For other locations, please contact us.
This tour is the ideal birding tour to observe most of the endemic bird species and subspecies of Madeira and a lovely way to visit non-touristy areas of this lush green island in a comfortable way with very short and easy walks!
For more than 18 years, we have been running Wind Birds company, and this birding full-day tour is adjusted to make the most out of it, allying a high number of endemic bird species with dazzling landscapes and nature experiences. Even non-birdwatchers have joined us and enjoyed it!
Most of the morning, we look for the Madeira endemic Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz close to the Laurel Forest and the Macaronesian Berthelot's pipit Anthus berthelotii on a drier habitat. It is also possible to observe the Macaronesian subspecies of Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis, the always lovely to watch Spectacled Warbler, Plain Swift Apus unicolor and, if we are lucky, the very elusive Rock Sparrows.
Lunch is in Santana, an excellent location to observe Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria and the best chance for the elusive Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus granti and Linnet Carduelis cannabina guentheri. After a three-course meal, we will walk around the restaurant gardens to look for these species.
The afternoon, admiring the Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis, the Madeira subspecies of Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs maderensis and Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea schmitzi. If your holiday in Madeira is between May and August, there is also the chance to see Pallid Swifts Apus pallidus during this birding tour.
There will also be a walk along a river to look for any vagrant waders or ducks. Almost sure Common Moorhens Gallinula chloropus will welcome us, Eurasian Coot Fulica atra, Muscovy ducks, Yellow-legged gulls Larus michahellis, Common Waxbills Estrilda astrild and Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres. Sometimes we are lucky enough to find a rarity for Madeira, such as American birds: Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria, White-rumped Calidris fuscicollis, Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis... Some of them are found during our birdwatching tours.
Due to the current pandemic we have reduced our schedule to match demand. If you need a specific date, please email us and we will try to adapt our inventory.
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If you have other questions, please contact us.