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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 March 2017 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

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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.

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Next field meeting
Our next field meeting will be held on the 22th of June 2019. Field Meeting Sierra de Loja, Granada Province.  All actual information you can find on the forum.
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.

IMG 9553 Bonellis EagleABS Christmas meeting 16.12.2017
26 hardy souls turned up to our meeting place on a beautiful winter's day in the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda. We had passed through a valley where it was a cold 3C on the way, which had us thinking that we were in for a bitter day. We set off for the Embalse en Zahara de las Sierra where we were extremely pleased to see that the water levels were slowing rising, having been at their lowest since it was built many years ago. The area was covered in thousands of Tamarix, where there should have been a few metres of water, but it was now beneficial to many birds. Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford Warbler, Siskin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker etc etc. It was a really sheltered spot and the birds as well as us were feeling pleasantly warm.

DSCN4649 Siskin mWe took to our convoy and gradually climbed up the mountain towards Grazalema, a quiet passage aside from Rock Sparrows on the overhead cables, where some stopped at a Mirador near the village and others going towards an (unknown to many) out of the way track where we found Black Wheatear, Iberian Grey Shrike, Meadow Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Grey and White Wagtail amongst others. We really wish that we could have stayed there and gone to fetch the others! Unbeknown to all of us there was a cross-country race going on from Zahara to Grazalema and around the mountains! We arrived at the meeting point of Puerto de las Palomas, 1376m, to find a multitude of cars, with people clapping and cheering the runners on. How I envied them their fitness, but they unfortunately had ruined our day. We were expecting to see Ring Ouzel and possibly Alpine Accentor, but the birds were keeping well out of the way by the disturbance. The Griffon Vultures didn't seem to mind though.

DSCN4563 Iberian Grey ShrikeAfter much discussion we met further down the mountain at Garganta Verde, but to our horror there were people there too. The Medioambiente were kind enough to let 5 people through at a time for 10 minutes at the first Mirador, and as it took 15 minutes to get there and 15 minutes back it logistically wasn't possible for us all to go. From the car park we saw more Griffon Vultures, Bonelli's Eagle, Rock Bunting, Black Redstart in good numbers, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Chough galore and several more species. What a disappointing morning it had turned out to be, but no pasa nada, though we did manage a small herd of Mountain Ibex, accompanied by a fine old male. There is always another time.

DSCN3037 Black Redstart m28 of us (we were joined by others) had a very enjoyable lunch at a local Spanish restaurant and we enjoyed our socialising as much as we did the food. We hope to see many of you next year and I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and a Happy, Healthy New Year, Feliz año Nuevo!


Brenda Jones



Species List for the day.DSCN0022 Rock Bunting

Griffon Vulture
Bonelli's Eagle
Common Buzzard
Common Kestrel
Green Sandpiper
Crag Martin
Green Woodpecker
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Meadow Pipit
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Cetti's Warbler
Sardinian Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Song Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush
Black Redstart
Black Wheatear
Iberian Grey Shrike
Spotless Starling
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Crested Tit
Short-toed Treecreeper
Red-billed Chough
House Sparrow
Rock Sparrow
Corn Bunting
Rock Bunting

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  • June 22nd -
    Granada Province

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