Aquatic Birds

The Tagus Estuary provides food and shelter for several bird species that are part of this great realm with diverse ecosystems. Because most of the territory depends greatly on the Ocean tides, it provides huge mudflats thus feeding grounds for most of the Aquatic Birds.


Medium and big-sized wader birds or shorebirds, feed and breed on marsh and wet meadows across Eurasia. Huge wader bird flocks can be found in Southern and Western Europe during winter, and the wetlands are specially important for several species.

Some of the species that we find during our Birdwatching Boat tours:

  • Pink Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
  • Spoonbill (Platalaea leucorodia)
  • Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola)
  • Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
  • White Heron (Egretta alba)
  • Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
  • Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
  • Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
  • Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
  • Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
  • Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
  • Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
  • Redshank (Tringa totanus)
  • Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
  • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
  • Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
  • Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
  • Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

You can easily go Birding in Portugal with special tour guides that will take you to secret spots along the extraordinary Tagus Estuary and behond.

Some Aquatic birds, such as Terns, Gulls and Cormorants share both Aquatic and Marine habitats with other SeaBirds along the Portuguese Atlantic Ocean front.

Pink flamingo of the Tagus EstuarySpoonbill of the Tagus EstuaryGlossy Ibis of the Tagus EstuaryOsprey of the Tagus EstuaryCollared pratincole of the Tagus EstuaryListtle Egret of the Tagus EstuaryGrey Heron of the Tagus EstuaryPurple Heron of the Tagus EstuaryGreat egretPied Avocet of the Tagus EstuaryBlack Winged Stilt of the Tagus EstuaryEurasian Oystercatcher of the Tagus EstuaryRuddy Turnstone of the TagusKentish Plover of the Tagus EstuaryCommon Sandpiper of the Tagus EstuaryRedshank of the Tagus EstuaryBlack-tailed Godwit of the Tagus EstuaryWhimbrel of the Tagus Estuary

Ilustrations by João Tiago Tavares

Birdwatching Boat Tours

Birdwatching can be organized with our specialist Ornithologist and Marine Biologist on board our boat so close to Lisbon along the Tagus Estuary secret spots.

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