Menorca’s birds are a lively bunch, drawing avian enthusiasts from all over the world to observe native and migratory species in this designated biosphere reserve. During your visit, keep an eye out for some of the island’s flashiest feathered specimens.
Found across northern Africa and southern Eurasia, the Hoopoe is easily recognised by its magnificent crown of rusty-orange feathers. Its bill is long and tapered, allowing it to probe the ground for insects, though this bird will also feed upon frogs and small reptiles. If you have any doubt about identifying a hoopoe, just wait for its call: its distinctive oop-oop-oop earned the bird its name.
Best place to find the hoopoe in Menorca: El Prat de Son Bou wetlands
Blue Rock Thrush
As the name suggests, this bird is a beautiful blue-grey colour that pops up in the lush Menorcan landscape. This striking species prefers to nest in rock cavities and walls in fairly open areas. The blue rock thrush has a varied and omnivorous diet, feeding on insects, reptiles, berries, and seeds. If you happen to see one of these beautiful specimens during your holiday in Menorca, have your camera ready.
Best place to find the blue rock thrush on the island: Coastal areas such as Punta Nati
Clad in rich jewel-bright plumage in shades of green, blue, gold, and red, the bee-eater is unmistakable. True to its name, the bee-eater feasts on flying insects, particularly bees and wasps. The bird removes the stinger of its prey by hitting or rubbing it against a hard surface. A social species, bee-eaters live in colonies dug into the side of sandy river banks. If you notice a collection of holes along one of Menorca’s rivers, there’s a very good chance you might be able to spot this dazzling bird.
Best place to find the bee-eater in Menorca: Cala Tirant