Athens most striking birds

10 most striking and colorful birds of Athens and where to find them

Some of the most striking and colorful birds of Europe breed around Athens, or visit the area temporary as an important stopover during migration.
These are the 10 most charming birds, based on international birders that join our guided birdwatching tours every year. 

Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron: April and May
Schinias National Park and most wetlands

Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)
Red-footed Falcon: mid to late April
Spata fields

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
Great Spotted Cuckoo: March, April in Spata fields

Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Hoopoe: from April until September in urban parks,
like Tritsis Park, Acropolis & Philopappou Hills

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Common Kingfisher: November to March at Oropos Lagoon,
Vravrona Wetland and smaller wetlands

Black-headed Wagtaill (Motacilla feldegg)
Black-headed Wagtail: April to September
Oropos LagoonSchinias National Park

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Blue Rock Thrush: all year long
Mt HymettusErythres plains

Cretzschmar's Bunting (Emberiza caesia)
Cretzschmar’s Bunting: April to August
at Mt Pendeli, 
Mt Parnitha

Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)
Black-headed Bunting: end of April to August,
Spata fieldsErythres plains