Sicily – birding in the heart of the Mediterranean
Sicily is one of the most fascinating regions of Europe. It is a superb destination for those who look for a combination of great birding, culture and cuisine. There are few places in the world that can rival the nature, history, archaeology, art and culture of Sicily. This wild island is the largest of the Mediterranean Sea. It is blessed with extraordinarily varied and beautiful landscapes that are dominated by the immense smoldering cone of Mt Etna, Europe’s biggest volcano.
Sicily has one of the best-preserved and most majestic coastlines in all Italy. The island boasts more sunshine than any other part of the continent. In spring the air is filled with the scent of Mediterranean wild flowers and the fields carpeted with orchard blossoms.
The position of Sicily in the Mediterranean, together with its large size virgola make the island a stepping stone for many of the migrant birds moving between the continents of Africa and Europe. It is on the most important raptor-migration hotspot in the World. In spring and fall vagrants are found every now and then! Sicily hosts some rare species as the Lanner falcon, the Bonelli’s Eagle, the Egyptian Vulture, the Collared Pratincole and the Purple Swamphen. It is also home to the Calandra Lark, the Audouin’s Gull, the Ferruginous Duck, the Spectacled Warbler, the Rock Sparrow and the Blue Rock Thrush. Sicily can also boast endemic subspecies as the Sicilian Rock Partridge and the distinctive Sicilian Long-tailed Tit.
The amazing birds, the incredible Mediterranean seafood, the endemic island wines, and the fascinating archaeological wonders will make your trip in Sicily an adventure you will remember forever.