One of the best regions for birdwatching in Northern Spain is Aragon with over 360 species of birds recorded to date. Aragon covers an area of some 30,000 square miles and consists of three provinces; Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. Each province has its own special characteristics determined by its location, geology, water resources, topography, climate and vegetation. These combine to provide Aragon with a great diversity of habitats giving rise to a wide variety of fauna and flora.

In the south (Teruel) lie more mountains, sierras and forests, which are almost totally unknown to outsiders. Apart from the sight of tens of thousands of Common Cranes (Grus grus) every winter at Laguna Gallocanta, there are many secrets waiting to be discovered by the patient birder here. The rare Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) can be found gliding over crystal clear rivers, where otters hunt for brown trout, Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) nest and deer and wild boar pass their time foraging in the undergrowth deep in the forest.

Grus grus

Grus grus, Common Crane, Grulla Común (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)

Aegypius monachus

Aegypius monachus, Black Vulture, Buitre Negro (Photo courtesy of the vulture feeding station at Santa Cilia de Panzano)

Luscinia svecica

Luscinia svecica, Bluethroat, Ruiseñor Pechiazul (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)