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Each year, throughout the seasons, many bird species migrate thousands and thousands of kilometres to reach their most desired habitat, Catalonia. When they arrive, they integrate with the native birds, producing a great wealth of birdlife. These elements make Catalonia an attractive setting for bird-watching, which can be enjoyed along the existing routes through the various habitats.

One of the favourite destinations for birds, and also for bird-watching enthusiasts, is the Ebro Delta Natural Park (declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO), home to over 300 different bird species - half of the total number of bird species that exist in Europe. The park has bird-watching routes equipped with walkways, lookouts and information panels. There are also expert guides to accompany you.

Bird habitats
If there is one thing that characterises Catalonia, it is its varied natural spaces. There are aquatic habitats with observation routes such as the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, a key place to see aquatic birds such as the cattle egret, the purple heron or the squacco heron. In the Cap de Creus Natural Park, as well as the birds that can be seen on the open sea and near the cliffs, you can also admire the blue rock thrush, the black-eared wheatear or the Dartford warbler. There are also routes where you can observe birds in their mountain habitats, such as the National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici or the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, as well as volcanic environments such as the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa.

Routes dedicated to a single bird
In addition to routes through the natural parks, there are also those dedicated to a specific species, such as the bearded vulture or the eagle, throughout the Montsec mountain range, and even urban routes that allow you to discover the birds that live in Barcelona and its surroundings.

Grab your binoculars and enjoy the diversity of birdlife in Catalonia.
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Catalonia is an attractive scene for bird-watching due to its wealth of birdlife, which you can enjoy on the existing routes through the various habitats.

Outstanding spaces of ornithological interest
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In Catalonia there is a whole compendium of highly diverse bird habitats: coastal wetlands, deciduous and coniferous forests in subalpine environments in the Pyrenees, areas with rockrose and undergrowth and Mediterranean vegetation in the coastal and pre-coastal areas. Here are just a few.
Flamingos in the Ebro Delta Natural Park (© Ferran Aguilar)
Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre
The Ebro Delta is one of the best bird watching areas in Europe. As one of the Western Mediterranean's main wetland areas, it plays host to a large biological diversity due to the convergence of marine, river and underground waters.
Observing birds at sunset in the Natural Park of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. (© Lluís Carro)
Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
The Aiguamolls del Empordà Natural Park has some of the best facilities in the Iberian Peninsula when it comes to bird watching: routes throughout different environments, observatories, observation points, and ornithological information which is updated daily and available in the park's information centre.
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Vall de Núria
As well as the chance you have to take some great excursions to enjoy the unique high-altitude environments of the Pyrenees, Vall de Núria is also an intriguing area due to the presence of Pyrenean and high mountain species.
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Espai d'Interès Natural del Delta del Llobregat
The Llobregat Delta Nature Reserve's objective is to protect the wetlands of the Llobregat Delta. The majority of the lagoons, beaches and wetlands are well-equipped with bird observatories and observation points.
View of the Congost of Mont-Rebei. (© Mar Fernàndez)
Reserva Natural Parcial del Congost de Mont-rebei
The route that crosses through the Mont-rebei Gorge itself will take you to ridges playing host to typical Pyrenean rupicolous bird life: red-billed chough, wallcreeper and rupicolous birds of prey.
El Pedraforca, in the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park.    (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró
The Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park is a Pre-Pyrenean mountain range. As a prized asset of ornithological interest, it is distinguished by a strong presence of native Pyrenean species that cannot be found throughout most of Europe.
Where?Ex. Barcelona, Gelida
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Vila-rodona / Costa Daurada
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Parc Natural dels PortsParc Natural dels Ports
Parc Natural dels Ports
Alfara de Carles, Arnes, Sénia, la, Horta de Sant Joan, Mas de Barberans, Paüls, Prat de Comte, Roquetes / Terres de l'Ebre
On one hand, the unique Els Ports rainfall has contributed to the proliferation of many species of tree, for example northern species, amongst which we will find the beech and the oak tree. And on the other hand, it has set apart the area's bird life through the presence of a mix of rupicolous species from dry Mediterranean environments with other central European species.
Visita a la bodega de Vila-rodona y el nuevo espacio museístico del vinoVisita a la bodega de Vila-rodona y el nuevo espacio museístico del vino
Visita a la bodega de Vila-rodona y el nuevo espacio museístico del vino
Vila-rodona / Costa Daurada
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Visita la bodega de Vila-rodona para conocer su historia centenaria y su arquitectura funcional, un magnífico ejemplo modernista de César Martinell. La propuesta se complementa con una cata de vinos de la misma bodega.
Espai Natural de l'estany d'Ivars i Vila-sanaEspai Natural de l'estany d'Ivars i Vila-sana
Espai Natural de l'estany d'Ivars i Vila-sana
Ivars d'Urgell, Mollerussa / Terres de Lleida
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The Espai Natural de l'estany d'in Ivars i Vila-sana lies in the heart of the grain-producing plain of Lleida; it offers a combination of lakeside and steppe landscapes, resulting in the chance to see lots of different species in a short space of time.
Espai d'Interès Natural del Delta del LlobregatEspai d'Interès Natural del Delta del Llobregat
Espai d'Interès Natural del Delta del Llobregat
Prat de Llobregat, el / Costa Barcelona
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The Llobregat Delta Nature Reserve's objective is to protect the wetlands of the Llobregat Delta. The majority of the lagoons, beaches and wetlands are well-equipped with bird observatories and observation points.
La TerretaLa Terreta
La Terreta
Sant Esteve de la Sarga / Pyrenees
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In La Terreta you can see every European species of vulture. Also, the trip through the area will give you the chance to see other rupicolous and Mediterranean species, a wide range of warblers, for example.
Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant MauriciParc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
Alt Àneu, Naut Aran, Vall de Boí, la, Espot, Esterri d'Àneu, Sort, Torre de Capdella, la, Vielha e Mijaran, Vilaller / Pyrenees
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The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is one of the best preserved Pyrenean zones in Catalonia. It plays host to alpine and subalpine bird life, with all of the Pyrenees species that an ornithologist could want: bearded vulture, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, boreal owl, ring ouzel, greenfinch, red-billed chough and alpine chough, amongst others.
Parc Natural de la Muntanya de MontserratParc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat
Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat
Bruc, el, Castellbell i el Vilar, Collbató, Esparreguera, Monistrol de Montserrat, Marganell / Paisatges Barcelona
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The combination of vertical formations - holm oaks and pines in the canals and crop fields in the surrounding plain - means that an ornithologist can enjoy birds of prey and rupicolous birds, whilst also encountering species from Mediterranean scrubland and open spaces.
Parc Natural del Cadí-MoixeróParc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró
Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró
Bagà, Castellar de n'Hug, Gisclareny, Guardiola de Berguedà, Saldes, Vallcebre, Alp, Das, Urús, Alàs i Cerc, Bellver de Cerdanya, Cava, Gósol, Montellà i Martinet, Vansa i Fórnols, la, Josa i Tuixén / Pyrenees
The Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park is a Pre-Pyrenean mountain range. As a prized asset of ornithological interest, it is distinguished by a strong presence of native Pyrenean species that cannot be found throughout most of Europe.
Parc Natural del Cap de CreusParc Natural del Cap de Creus
Parc Natural del Cap de Creus
Cadaqués, Llançà, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Port de la Selva, el, Roses, Selva de Mar, la / Costa Brava
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Being located at the sea, the Cap de Creus Natural Park is an amazing vantage point for watching sea birds, especially as they pass through. Following days of heavy wind, the global phenomenon of migration is widely known to take place from some of the mountains surrounding the cape.
Parc Natural del Delta de l'EbreParc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre
Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre
Amposta, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Deltebre, Sant Jaume d'Enveja / Terres de l'Ebre
The Ebro Delta is one of the best bird watching areas in Europe. As one of the Western Mediterranean's main wetland areas, it plays host to a large biological diversity due to the convergence of marine, river and underground waters.
Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'EmpordàParc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
Armentera, l', Castelló d'Empúries, Escala, l', Palau-saverdera, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Peralada, Roses / Costa Brava
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The Aiguamolls del Empordà Natural Park has some of the best facilities in the Iberian Peninsula when it comes to bird watching: routes throughout different environments, observatories, observation points, and ornithological information which is updated daily and available in the park's information centre.
Reserva Natural Parcial del Congost de Mont-rebeiReserva Natural Parcial del Congost de Mont-rebei
Reserva Natural Parcial del Congost de Mont-rebei
Sant Esteve de la Sarga / Pyrenees
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The route that crosses through the Mont-rebei Gorge itself will take you to ridges playing host to typical Pyrenean rupicolous bird life: red-billed chough, wallcreeper and rupicolous birds of prey.
Vall de NúriaVall de Núria
Vall de Núria
Queralbs / Pyrenees
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As well as the chance you have to take some great excursions to enjoy the unique high-altitude environments of the Pyrenees, Vall de Núria is also an intriguing area due to the presence of Pyrenean and high mountain species.