A pleasant introduction to the endemic land birds of Madeira through the southeast of the island.
60 EUR per person
Trocaz Pigeon, Madeira Firecrest, Berthelot's Pipit, Atlantic Canary & Madeira Chaffinch
Southeast of Madeira, from sea level up to 700 meters of altitude (2300 feet), though the itinerary is dependent on weather conditions, so it may vary.
Pickups start around 9:30 and drop off is around 13:30. Check availability during your stay.
6 endemic bird species and subspecies of Madeira and Macaronesia
Visit nice places with interesting aspects of geology and flora
Friendly, local tour leaders with publications on Madeira ornithology
Pick up and drop off at the same place
Use of quality telescope & binoculars (shared by group), guide books
English and Portuguese speaking ornithologists
Bring a jacket which is always useful for the altitude cold, a hat and a bottle of water
Minimum people to run the trip: 2
Maximum group size: 10
City centers of Funchal, Caniço, Santa Cruz and Machico. As long as your hotel is not too difficult to access due to traffic, very 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.
All previous operated tours are Net Zero. We offset 200% of the carbon emissions (CO2) of this activity.
This birding tour is ideal for all ages as it is mainly by car through the Southeast of Madeira, with short and easy walks on each spot where several endemic bird species and subspecies of Madeira and Macaronesia can be observed in their natural habitat.
From sea level up to 600 meters of altitude you have the chance to observe the endemic bird species and subspecies of Madeira and Macaronesia.
The places visited during this tour always depend on weather conditions, so sometimes we might visit different places in order to observe the aimed bird species.
First we start looking for the Trocaz Pigeon Columba trocaz close to areas with some Laurel trees and farming.
At Caniçal where we look for the endemics Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii madeirensis and Atlantic Canary Serinus canaria and the Macaronesia subspecies of Kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis. If we are lucky, the secretive Rock Sparrows Petronia petronia petronia might be around.
Up at 600 meters of altitude, in Santo da Serra splendid gardens are the luxurious habitat of the skittish Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis and the bluish Madeira Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs madeirensis.
We started operating this Madeira birdwatching tour back in 2004 when Wind Birds was founded. It has been analysed and optimized regularly and we believe that is the ideal tour to get you introduced to the endemic land birds of Madeira.
To reduced our climate impact we have optimized our schedule to match demand. If you need a specific date, please email us and we will try to adapt our inventory.
Fri, Oct 20
Wed, Oct 25
Sat, Oct 28
Thu, Nov 2
Wed, Nov 8
Thu, Nov 23
Thu, Nov 30
Wed, Dec 13
Thu, Dec 21
Wed, Dec 27
Sat, Dec 30
Tue, Jan 2
Fri, Jan 5
Wed, Jan 10
Wed, Apr 3
Wed, Apr 10
Wed, Apr 17
Fri, Apr 26
Thu, May 2
Wed, May 8
If you have other questions, please contact us.