Birdwatching - Discover Faial - Island of Nature & Culture

Due to its location, the Azores is an important stopover and nesting place for various migratory birds from both sides of the Atlantic. At Charcos de Pedro Miguel, here in Faial, you can observe some of these birds during the rainiest periods when the ponds fill with water, becoming their temporary habitat.

From late spring to late summer, 80% of the world’s population of Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris borealis) nests in the Azores. They can easily be spotted flying along the coast or just floating at sea, but it is at

nightfall that they reserve their greatest show, the Shearwater’s song. You can hear them in almost all the coastal regions of the island, especially in the regions of Morro de Castelo Branco, Monte da Guia and Varadouro.

Some companies offer night watching seabird tours if you are interested in knowing more about the Cory’s shearwaters and other birds that live here or fly here every year.