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The Exotic Birds of Menorca

The tiny island of Menorca is home to an enormous range of wildlife, thanks to its warm climate, convenient location between Europe and Africa, and the comparative lack of urban development in relation to its Balearic neighbours. These factors contribute to Menorca’s status as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, a designation the island has held since 1998.

Sardinian Warbler

Nowhere is Menorca’s immense biodiversity more visible than in its resident and migratory bird population. Bird watchers come from all over the world for a glimpse of Menorca’s winged wildlife. If you’re planning to book a holiday villa in Menorca, then you’ll be in for a chance to spot some of these regular visitors.

Nightingale

Long an important symbol for poets, the nightingale is famous for its beautiful and powerful song (which, despite its name, it sings during both daytime and at night). The nightingale is plain brown in colour, with a reddish tail and white belly. Though perhaps not the flashiest animal in terms of appearance, you’ll definitely know the nightingale by its trills and whistles. It winters in Africa, so you’re most likely to see them on the island during the spring and summer.

A singing nightingale

Cetti’s Warbler

Named after Italian zoologist Francesco Cetti, this brown bush warbler prefers damp habitats such as ponds, lakes, and marshes, where they have a plentiful supply of insects on which to feed. Chestnut brown in colour, Cetti’s warbler is distinguished by the pale grey stripe that arches over its beady black eyes. It breeds in southern Europe and Northern Africa, so you may have the chance to glimpse some chicks.

Sardinian Warbler

Male Sardinian warblers are easily recognisable by the black head, white throat, and bright red eyes. Females are mostly brown and grey. A typical bird of the Mediterranean region, the Sardinian warbler’s song is very fast, frantic even, with rattling notes. It will certainly get your attention out in the field or in the garden of your villa! Like the Cetti’s warbler, this bird breeds in the warm climates of southern Europe and North Africa.

Cetti’s warbler

Staying in Menorca

Where better to retreat after a full day out in the field than in a beautiful, authentic Menorcan villa? We’ve been catering to bird watchers, sunbathers, and many more for 25 years. Get in touch to find out how we can help organise your next trip.

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