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A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters, quarterly magazine and attend field trips please SUPPORT US!


Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link
We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link
We have now published the December 2015 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link 


Andalucia Bird Society in the News.  
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News.  Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia.

Do you know of any county or national bird clubs
, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain. Thanks, The ABS team.

Members Info

As many will already know we were having problems with accepting payment for memberships using PayPal. The problems are now resolved and you can now follow the registration process and use PayPal to pay for membership. If you prefer there are alternative means by which to pay, for instance we are able to accept bank transfers, so if this is a suitable alternative for you, please contact us for further details. For clear instructions using PayPal please see ABS Forum.

Do any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.


Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

The ABS Birdlist Andalucía

abs cover2The Society produces a list of all the birds that can be seen in Andalucia and it is constantly reviewed and kept up to date.  An important aspect of recording bird sighting information is the consistency of the data, especially bird names.  Therefore, the only bird names that are accepted in the database are those on the Societies list.

Order your own list now!

Next field meeting

Odiel-5Our next Field Meeting will be held on the 16th of January 2016. You can find all the actual information on our forum
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.
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Photographic Competition Winter 2016
The subject for the next competition is “Any birds, that can be found in Andalucia”. The best entry will cover the frontpage of our Autumn edition (be careful we need a photograph in the right size A4).
The entries will be judged by a panel of experienced wildlife photographers and naturalists who will also make general comments on the photographs submitted and give tips for improvement.
2015-autumn-abs-magazineAs you might have noticed the winner of our Summer Photographic Competition is covering the front page of this magazine. We think that it is nice to use photographs taken by Members. For the results please follow the link "Results of ABS photographic competition"
The entries will be scored under three categories:
  1. Technical excellence of the photograph ie. focus, exposure etc.
  2. Composition and presentation of the image ie. is the image properly cropped and have offending background elements been dealt with
  3. Biological interest and challenge ie. is the subject doing something interesting and was there a challenge to obtaining the image, was the subject photographed in difficult conditions, is the subject infrequently observed.
Rules of the competition
Entries (maximum 5) must be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in a jpeg format. The final date for entry is 15th of September 2015. The decision of the judges will be final and there will be no discussion of the decisions with the entrants.
Photographs that have been previously published or entered into other competitions are not eligible.  
Entrants must be amateur photographers.  For more information and final rules please have a look at our website.
Playing Hide and Seek with Doña Ana PDF Print E-mail

abs-pizarra-hide-3smAndalucian Birders in particular will be pleased to read that some 30 kilometres west of Málaga, a new hide has been built on the Guadalhorce river, just south of Pizarra in an area called Doña Ana. Inaugurated in July 2015, the new Doña Ana hide was a joint undertaking between the Ayuntamiento (town hall) of Pizarra and the Diputación de Málaga (County or Provincial Council)

September 2015 - Tarifa and La Janda PDF Print E-mail

black-vultureWell to say that Tarifa is windy was an understatement for this field meeting. As we stood in the car park of Lidl I was wondering what would happen if we all went to the observation point just outside Tarifa. We would have been sand blasted for the full day and would have seen nothing. After a quick conflab with other senior members we had a plan. We split the group into two, with one party going to La Janda and Barbate and the other doing a grand loop along the motorway and then into the hills past reservoirs where we expected to find the raptors, then via Benalup to the top end of La Janda.

June 2015 - A June Double Header PDF Print E-mail

2015-06-4aLuis Alberto, leader for the day for the ABS June meeting at Guadalhorce, Malaga suggested that those whose alarm & body clocks allowed rising from the 'pit' at a very early hour may like to explore Zapata [north of the airport] in search of Red Necked Nightjars, Night Herons, Little Bitterns amongst others.  

So along with LA were Mick Smith and yours truly and what a start we had. 

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