A Birding Tourist's Guide to Majorca

2nd Edition (enhanced and updated)

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Towards the end of 2008, with the First Edition of this book already at the printers, an impressive group of about a hundred Griffon Vultures suddenly appeared in Majorca, carried here on strong westerly winds from the Iberian Peninsula. In 2012, for the first time in history, the Griffon Vulture nested on the island. Currently, as well as the Griffon Vulture and other birds of prey, Bonelli’s Eagle can also be seen, another species which was also not included in the first edition of the Guide as it was re-introduced here at a later date.

Other changes have also recently taken place in the island’s avifauna. New species such as Ficedula semitorquata, Emberiza caesia and Larus cachinnans (some of which had not previously been cited anywhere in Spain, which reinforces the concept of the great importance of Majorca for the observation of rare species), as well as other birds, have changed their status. This is the case, for example, of the robin, previously only an over-wintering species but which has recently colonised Majorca as a breeding species.

In this Second Edition of the Guide all these, as well as other recent changes, are reflected. The opportunity has also been taken to update and improve the maps and itineraries, as well as including (26) new photographs of Majorcan geography and bird life. The result is an enhanced edition, which while conserving the initial format and number of pages, now presents both updated and more complete information.

The First Edition of the Guide sold out in just under 3 years (with sales of almost 4,000 copies) and received very good critical acclaim from both readers and specialised bodies. This fills us with satisfaction and encourages us to continue improving this work. We hope that this Second Edition of “A Tourist Guide to Bird Watching in Majorca” will continue to be equally useful and interesting to all those who consult it during their ornithological visits to an island which, in spite of being so well-known and frequently visited, never ceases to provide agreeable surprises.

Birding Tourist's Guide to Majorca, produced by local experts, goes a long way towards plugging a current hole because it provides the ever growing band of birdwatching enthusiasts - not just holiday-makers from Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, Holland and elsewhere but also local birders and those from mainland Spain - with guidance on how to make the most of their birdwatching in Majorca. Written to a rigorous standard of accuracy, the Guide details what birds can be seen on the island and the best localities in which to seek them out. In short, the Guide:

  • consists of 128 pages, measuring 17 x 25 cm, and in full colour throughout;
  • describes 17 sites and 26 itineraries through all the habitats the isle has to offer (sea cliffs, dunes, beaches, wetlands, saltmarsh and saltpans, arable and fruit tree plantations, pine woods, garrigue, oak woodland and the reservoirs, grasslands, rocky outcrops, crags and peaks of the mountains);
  • presents detailed information on more than 240 species of bird (their local status, when they occur, their levels of abundance, the best sites in which to see them, supporting details on behaviour, etc.), which is further summarised in a series of check-lists;
  • includes high quality photographs of over 80 species, illustrating the most notable, spectacular and sought after birds by overseas birdwatchers, with special attention paid to the endemics and species of high conservation importance - in addition, each site description is accompanied by a photograph giving a flavour of the landscape and vegetation;
  • incorporates a clear, easy to follow map for each itinerary, backed up by GPS coordinates of the start point, and tables indicating the most emblematic and typical species to be found at each locality;
  • discusses the endemic species and subspecies and their evolutionary significance;
  • advises on the "does and don'ts" of any visit by means of a code of conduct for birdwatchers during their stay in Majorca;
  • offers additional tourism information for each of the sites selected (tourist information offices, recommendations, points of interest, contact numbers and addresses for organisations providing necessary or useful services, facilities or help, etc.).
  • Authors: Maties Rebassa, Josep Manchado, Sebastià Torrens i Mª Carmen Oriola

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    For each of the 17 sites you can find all this information: general description, clear and easy to follow area map, four seasons info, more interesting species list, useful recommendations and photos
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    Use this option only for standard shipments: one book to Europe Community Area. For more than one book, for other requests, for Majorca, Spain or other countries, please contact us at: birdingmajorca@gmail.com.
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    News, radio, newspapers

  • Review from Ron Toft about the book, at the web "The Travel Editor.com" (english)
  • PDF with long interview on the paper edition of "Majorca Daily Bulletin" (english)
  • The news about the book at the GOB's birding magazine "El Busqueret"(catal੼/a>
  • Link to the web of "Diario de Mallorca" with the new about the publication of the book (spanish)
  • PDF with the new on the paper edition of "Diario de Mallorca" (spanish)
  • PDF with the new about the book on the paper edition of "Mallorca Zeitung" (german)
  • PDF with a report about the Albufera and information about the book at "Mallorca Magazin" (german)
  • IB3-Radio interviews some of the authors of the book, at the program "Balears fa ciència"
  • The Subbuteo Natural History Books web calls the book "Book of the month"
  • You can buy the guide also at antipode, in Australia!!
  • The friends from SlowFood Ottawa Gatineu, who used the guide in Majorca recommend us from Canada
  • Price

  • Price of the book: 18 euros
  • Where to buy

  • At this link you will find a list with the places in Majorca where you can buy the book including: Parc Natural de s'Albufera, "la Casa del Mapa" and at the main bookshops in Majorca
  • Shopping on-line

  • If you prefer to buy it on-line and receive the book at your home, you must add 5 euros for shipment to Spain or 10 euros to Europe. To buy the book on-line you have two options: Paypal or sending and email to: birdingmajorca@gmail.com
  • For more information, comments, observations, questions or to buy books, write an email to: birdingmajorca@gmail.com
  • Mallorca Birding Map - Llibre en català