Birding Factoids

288 species
in 48 families

None of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
10 speciality species
2 endangered species

Checklist of Malta BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
For a photo gallery of Malta Birds, see Denis Cachia's site
See also Malta birds on postage stamps.
David Camilleri of Malta is spearheading a campaign to stop hunting and capture of migratory birds in Malta. "Hunters" wait for the migratory birds that use Malta for a resting area on their aerial trek from Europe to Africa in the winter months and their return with their young in the summer. It is estimated that three million birds annually do no make it in either direction because of these people with their "legal" weapons and traps. There is a battle going on right now in Malta against the destruction of these birds by the Maltese hunters and the government who believe that might is right. Help support the reduction of this slaughter!

Check out the complete website with all the information! See this site also.
For a full set of bulletins, click here.

Malta Specialities
    ....Birding in Malta - by Charles Coleiro. In the Maltese Islands 370 
      species of birds have been recorded, where approximately 20 are found breeding each year. The rest are all migrants, and in fact the migration of birds dominates the ornithological year. The main migratory months are March to May and from September to November. The amount of birds seen during migration usually depends on the type of weather and there are certain days where a large amount of birds can be seen.  The best sites for birding are also indicated. 
    ....Birdlife Malta - this site contains information on two reserves operated
      by the society:
      • Ghadira N.P.
      • Simar N.P.
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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Malta Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!


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Rare Bird Alert


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European Endemics and Specialities

in Malta

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in Malta. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Malta. 

European Endemics in Malta - No National Endemics

Endangered Birds in Malta

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Ferruginous Pochard  ___ Lesser Kestrel

Other Speciality Birds in Malta

___ American Kestrel
___ Bar-tailed Desert Lark
___ Barbary Falcon
___ Chestnut-shouldered 
___ Petronia
___ Greater Hoopoe-Lark
___ Moussier's Redstart
___ Sooty Falcon
___ Teminck's Lark
___ Tristram's Warbler
___ White-tailed Wheatear

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