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Bird Watching

Amaze yourself with this delicate world of the rarest birds. In this secluded paradise lies the best opportunity to observe the fragility of protected species.

Listen to their vibrant songs of multiple melodies or how they dance with the wind in their freedom flight

About Bird Watching

Valorization of Ornithological Tourism

The archipelago is geographically located in a central area of the Atlantic Ocean and is very rich in lagoons, native and exotic forests, coastal areas with cliffs, beaches and harbors.

Thanks to its location, the Azores receives several species of European and American birds throughout the year. About 400 birds can be found here. For this very reason, it is increasingly a must go for true lovers of bird watching from the whole world.

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Hidden heaven

São Miguel has different habitats for different species of birds. From forests to observe passerines, coastal areas for waders, lagoons for water birds and the ocean for sea birds. Throughout the year, resident birds coexist with different regular migratory birds and also some rare ones that choose this island to land. On the rim of Lagoa das Sete Cidades and Lagoa das Furnas, you can find several species.

They are considered one of the best places for bird watching in the Region. The surrounding forest area is a source of food and shelter and the ideal place to see several endemic and wader species. Join us and we’ll do the rest!

The only nesting area in the world for Priolo

If you are looking for endemic birds, that is, those who can only be seen in the Azores, know that you can find one in particular, and a very special one – the priolo (Pyrrhula murina).

They live in Serra da Tronqueira, between Nordeste and Povoação. It is the only place in the world where this species exists. As a result of hard work carried out over the years, fortunately the priolo is no longer in danger of extinction and, therefore, has become a symbol of the environmental quality of the Azores.

The priolo is one of the rarest birds in Europe and one of the two endemic species in the archipelago. Currently it is estimated that there are about 1,000 individuals. In the central group, on the island of Graciosa there is the second endemic species of the archipelago: the Paínho-de-Monteiro (Hydrobates monteiroi), which nests in two islets of this island: Ilhéu da Praia and Ilhéu de Baixo.

 

More than 33 bird species are nesting in the Azores

Many different endemic subspecies can be seen across the island, such as the Saffron finch (Serinus canaria) exclusive only from Macaronesia. Also sub-endemic species such as the common chaffinch of the Azores (Fringilla coelebs moreletti), the Goldcrest (Regulus regulus azorica), Azores Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus azorica) and Kite (Buteo buteo rothschildi).

Kites play a very important role in the natural ecosystem of the Azores. It is the only daytime bird of prey that nests in the archipelago, making it an effective pest controller, as it hunts rats and rabbits. There is a very interesting curiosity about kites. They were responsible for the name of the archipelago. The first inhabitants of the islands saw many birds thinking that they were Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis), called « Açor » in Portuguese, and thus the name Azores was born. But in fact, it was kites (Buteo buteo rothschildi) that they saw!

Another species of bird very special to the archipelago is the Cory’s shearwater (Calonectris borealis). 85% of the world population chooses the Azores to nest and mate. Shearwaters appear more frequently during the months of March and April in our waters and enchant us with their characteristic song and eating behavior during our trips at sea. They usually fly between 15,000 km and 35,000 km on their migration.

Why Futurismo

  • Azores Travel Experts

    Largest tour operator in the Azores with 30 years of experience

  • Environmental Education

    At Futurismo, we think that educating and raising awareness among the young ones is very important for the future

  • Friendly Help

    We’re here to make your experience incredible. Reach us by phone, email, or WhatsApp

  • Helping Social Solidarity Institutions

    Apart from being a responsible tour operator, we also have a social commitment with many local organizations

  • Tours Bird Watching in Sao Miguel island

    The Basics

    I have never done bird watching before, is it a problem?

    No, you do not need experience for this tour. Our guide will be here with you to explain everything.

    What animals can we see during this tour?

    During the tour, you will discover some of the 33 species of birds nesting in the Azores.

    What is the best season for bird watching in São Miguel island?

    It all depends on what you want to see. For resident species, the best season is summertime, even if they are here all year round, this is the time of the year we can easier spot them. For migratory birds, the best time is at the end of winter, during the springtime and also at the beginning of autumn.

    What makes the Azores a good bird watching destination?

    Thanks to its large lakes, São Miguel provides ideal conditions for water birds and waders from all around the world. These birds are looking for rest and food after their long migrating trips. It is possible to find a variety of ducks from two different continents in the same spot. Many of the birds remain around the lakes from fall to springtime.

    The Experience

    If you are a nature lover and like to enjoy birds crossing the skies, the island of São Miguel is one of the best territories, almost untouchable, of the few places in the world where you can still feel unique in the midst of such pure nature!

    Rich bird experience

    Rest assured that it is an experience rich in bird knowledge because this visit is always accompanied by a biologist and technician who has years of experience in the study of birds in the Azores.

    Custom activity

    In São Miguel, our bird watching activity can be done in a personalized way for small groups or individual clients and is based on a privileged contact with our almost virgin nature and little explored by man. The conservation of animals and their habitats are part of the Azorean priorities.

    Binoculars included

    In addition, we also provide binoculars to our customers so they can watch the birds in the best way and end the experience with a full heart!

    Land delicacies

    If you are, as they say, a good fork, a food lover, know that this activity includes lunch at a local restaurant where you will be able to taste some delicacies from our land.

    1. Find the perfect tour for you and book it

    Choose between our 60+ spectacular activities on the amazing Azores and book it online or in any of our stores.

    2. Email confirmation

    Receive a confirmation email with the reservation details.

    3. “The Day”

    Enjoy your experience with us. We will be pleased to welcome you and to make your tour the most fullfilling and memorable to you.

    Note: Unexpected limitations

    Keep calm. You can cancel absolutely for free your bookings until 48h before the activity date*and, if the weather conditions don’t allow us to do the activity safely, we’ll cancel it and contact you suggesting an alternative date or provide a full refund.

    * Check the Cancelations Policy within every tour page for additional info

    Plan your Bird Watching tour

    Is there anything I need to bring with me for this tour?

    Please check the “What to bring” section on each tour program. There you’ll find all the recommendations we have for you, specifically for that program.

    What to wear on a Bird Watching tour?

    We recommend to wear comfortable light clothes and shoes, and bring a waterproof raincoat.

    How many birds can I see during this tour?

    Being in nature, it is always a surprise, it depends from day to day.

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    F.A.Q.s about Bird Watching

    Are there any pickup and drop off locations I can use?

    Yes, please check the Departure and Return section presented on every tour.

    Can I cancel my tour reservation and have a full refund?

    Yes, you can check our detailed cancellation and refund policies per tour on each tour page, under “Good to Know” section

    Can I take my camera with me during this activity?

    Yes, but be aware that your material will be under your responsability.

    How can I book this activity?

    You can select any tour within our website and get your booking confirmation on your email immediately. Alternativelly, you can visit us on our shops or get in touch with us by phone, email or send us a message on social media (Instagram and Facebook)

    Is this an adventure kind of tour?

    It is a great adventure, but not physically demanding.

    What if the weather isn’t ok?

    If the weather doesn’t allow to do this activity safely, we will cancel it and suggest na alternative date.

    What is the minimum number of participants?

    Please check the minimum number of participant for each tour inside the program’s page.

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