Our Bird Watching trips are more like in-depth sightseeing tours of Madeira with extras. Accompanied by a passionate naturalist who will take you on short walks, you’ll get closer to nature and see birds, plants and butterflies, you would otherwise have missed.
You can spot bird species endemic to Madeira such as the Trocaz pigeon (Columba trocaz), Madeira Firecrest (Regulus madeirensis) and the rare Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira). Macaronesian subspecies like the Berthelot’s pipit (Anthus berthelotti), Madeiran Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma castro) and the Plain Swift (Apus unicolor) can also be spotted in their own habitat.
On our full day bird watching trip, you’ll first be taken to the laurel forests in the north of the island and then higher up in the mountains. After a bit of bird watching at sea level, you enjoy an included three-course lunch, followed by two other spots, one of them a little known hot spot – a fresh water pond with vagrant waders.
In Madeira, seabirds are a major attraction for bird watchers, because you can find at least eight different breeding seabird species. Our Bird, Whales and Dolphins trip gives you exclusive views of these seabirds with the bonus of being able to see magnificent mammals up close.
The group size is kept small (maximum 6) and you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Funchal. A telescope and binoculars are shared by the group. At the end of the trip you will be dropped off again at your hotel and can without a doubt look back at an interesting nature experience.