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Birdwatching in Ronda

Birds in Ronda - Grazalema

Within the Serranía de Ronda, around 160 bird species can commonly been seen along the year. This includes iconic birds that are hard to find somewhere else if not locally:

  • Bonelli's Eagle
  • Alpine Accentor
  • Spectacled Warbler
  • Black Wheatear

High concentration of:

  • Griffon Vulture
  • Chough
  • Alpine Swift
  • Blue Rock-Thrush

Many of the sought-after birds in Spain:

  • Red-necked Nightjar
  • Western Olivaceous, Subalpine and Orphean Warblers
  • Black-eared Wheatear
  • Golden, Short-toed and Booted Eagles
  • Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
  • Iberian Chiffchaff
  • Iberian Green Woodpecker
  • Thekla Lark

Emblematic birds, such as:

  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ring Ouzel
  • Bee-eater
  • Eagle Owl

Occasional presence of:

  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Rüppell's Vulture
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • White-rumped Swift

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Why Ronda biodiversity is overwhelming

It is the variety of landscape and natural areas taht make Ronda's wildlife a naturalist's paradise. And this is because of:

  • Strategic location between the Strait of Gibraltar and inland Spain
  • Several arrays of mountains of different orientation
  • Altitudes ranging from 700 to 1400 m
  • Exceptionally well preserved primitive mediterranean forests (Oak and Fir)
  • Low population and almost no industry
  • Relative good amount of anual rainfall compared with surroundings
  • Permanent creeks and small rivers
  • Low-impact farming
  • Topography has prevented intensive olive monoculture
  • Variety of eco-systems: high mountain, pastures, forests, groves, scrub
  • No industry, one of the purest air in southern Spain