Costa da Morte Ornithologic Route

Costa da Morte Ornithologic Route

A marine area which covers a large part of the continental shelf off the Costa da Morte in the north-west of Galicia.What makes this such an interesting place as a migratory stop-over is its privileged geographic location and the strong, predominantly N / NW winds. It is estimated that over one million birds pass through here during the summer and autumn (post-mating migration). Most migrating birds come from northern Europe and western Siberia, but there are also species from the Mediterranean (Balearic shearwater, Puffinusmauretanicus), Nearctic (Sabine gull, Larussabini) and Southern hemisphere (shady shearwater, Puffinusgriseus).

The high fertility of the region also makes it an important feeding station for both the migratory species and the locals (breeders and wintering species).Among the local breeders are the tridactyl gull (Rissatridactyla) and the Iberian common guillemot (UriaAalgeibericus), which concentrate their only Spanish colonies on the coasts facing the protected area.The area also has colonies of European storm petrels (HydrobatesPelagicus) and shag (Phalacrocoraxaristotelisaristotelis). There is also a small colony of grey shearwater (CalonectrisDiomedea Borealis) located in the Sisargas Islands, greatly affected by predation by cats.


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