Azores islands are well known as an excellent destination for birdwatching. Here, you can find two of Europe’s rarest birds: The Azores BullfinchPyrrhula murina, endemic to a small area of São Miguel Island and the Mosteiro’s storm-petrelOceanodroma monteiroi, breeding on the two islets south of Graciosa Island.

Other species well deserving a trip are the Atlantic CanarySerinus canaria, an exclusive species from Macaronesia, as well as several subspecies such as the Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebs moreletti, the São Miguel GoldcrestRegulus regulus azoricus, the Azores WoodpigeonColumba palumbus azorica, and the BuzzardButeo buteo rothschildi.

Currently, the Azores also hold the largest colony of Cory’s ShearwaterCalonectris diomedia borealis, and one of the largest colonies of Roseate ternSterna dougallii, worldwide. Altogether, the archipelago has over 30 bird species which nest, and also, due to the islands central position in the Atlantic Ocean you may also observe a large number of migratory birds coming from America and Eurasia.

The number of species seen in the islands is close to 400, including a few which are extremely rare and even some which have been newly sighted in the Western Paleartic.

Gerbybirding is the first company is the Azores specialized in birdwatching. We are a small company, offering a personalized service to small groups, and we are as comfortable working with a curious observer as well as accompanying experienced ornithologists. Your personal “birdguide” will be Gerbrand Michielsen, better known as Gerby, which will take you to the best spots in São Miguel island, by car, on foot or by kayak – an unforgettable experience!

Daily tours from 9.00h to 17.00h.   Pick up on hotel.