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Azores Islands Swoop in for Birdfair

by | Aug 20, 2014 | Press Releases

The Azores Islands will be exhibiting at Birdfair (15-17 August) in Egleton, Rutland this year to showcase the bird watching opportunities on offer in the breathtaking archipelago, a key island hotspot for rare birds.

The Azores Islands Promotions Agency will be based at stand no.27 to exhibit information about the nine islands and showcase their birdwatching attractions, holidays and tours. Those visiting the stand will learn more about the 400 species that have been spotted in the Azores including two endemic species and a number of nesting migratory birds.

Due to the islands’ close proximity to one another, bird watchers will typically spot a number of species on one sighting. The Azores is the best place in Europe for spotting American migratory species (typically in the autumn months), the rare and endemic Azorean Bullfinch only seen in the hills of Serra da Tronqueira on São Miguel,Island and the Monteiro’s Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma Monteiroi), an even rarer and endemic seabird seen in the seas of Graciosa Island.

The Old Cabo da Praia Quarry on Terceira Island offers one of best places to watch a wide variety of species of Waders, which travel to the Azores from America and Europe. The island of Corvo, the smallest of the archipelago is internationally renowned as a haven for ‘twitchers’ to watch American Passerine species in small and isolated woods.

To find out more about Bird Fair, visit www.birdfair.org.uk

To find out more about the Azores, visit www.VisitAzores.com