Biodiversity

logobirding-700x261The fundamental reason why the center of Extremadura is considered one of the best places for bird watching in Europe is its great diversity of habitats. Specifically, the area in which we live can enjoy in few kilometers at least 5 different habitats: Dehesa, open plains, reservoirs, rice fields and crags. In addition, it is a region with a percentage higher than 33% of its territory designated as protected natural areas, mostly belonging to the Natura 2000 network.

Open plains

This habitat consists of large areas of open land where agriculture and extensive livestock rearing. cereal crops surfaces and pseudo steppe dotted with small ponds necessary to drink fauna on hard summer months. This is where we find most of the most exclusive birds of Extremadura, ie Great and Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse, European Roller, Montegu’s Harrier, etc., plus be suitable for raptors and vultures.

Wetlands, rice fields

These are areas of intensive agriculture with fields flooded the most of the year, so they are suitable for waders, waders and raptors. Several species of gooses, Shelduck, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Plovers, Lapwings, Dunlin, Sandpipers, stints, Godwit, Snipes, Storcks, Egrets, Common Cranes, etc.

Reservoirs

Several reservoirs surrounding agricultural areas, Alcollarín, Sierra Brava, Gargáligas, Orellana, etc. They are large expanses of water throughout the year where they take refuge at night many species of ducks, gulls and geese and waders, Egrets, Storks and Herons.

Dehesa 

It is the characteristic habitat of the Iberian Peninsula. They are cattle extensions with oak forests where they can nest some prey such as Booted Eagle, Short-Toed Eagle, Black Kite and Black-winged Kite. It is the natural habitat for some species of warblers, tits, shrikes, Azur-winged Magpie, Chaffins, Common Cranes, etc.

Crags 

Low mountain areas with abundant rocks, where nesting Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Black Stork, etc.

 

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