Want to connect with nature? Can’t think of a better way than to spend time watching birds like the gray, small, and white heron, cormorant, rare Dalmatian pelican, Eurasian coot, Caspian Gull, or flamingo? If you agree, then grab your binoculars and head to Montenegro!
- Protection Status: National Park (1983); IBA (1989); Ramsar Area (1995); Emerald habitat of the Bern Convention
- IBA Criteria: A1, A3, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
- Protection Status: National Park since 2009; Emerald habitat of the Bern Convention
- IBA criteria: A3, B2, B3
- Protection Status: IBA since 1989, and since 2004 the first private Nature Park in Montenegro; Emerald habitat of the Bern Convention
Visitor Center Vranjina - contact: +382 (0) 20 87 91 03
The Center for the Study and Protection of Birds of Montenegro offers you more information about the birds of Montenegro.
When should you go bird watching?
Bird watching is easiest when they migrate, which happens at the end of February, April, and August - November, and when they are most active, which is the nesting season mostly March, June or July.
Get closer to rare bird species in the silence of protected areas
In Montenegro, you can observe an amazing 352 bird species! You'll be pleased to learn that the registered species in Montenegro account for 65 percent of the European ornitofauna! Start at the seashore and work your way up through salt flats, freshwater lakes, canyons, dense forests, mountain plateaus, and towering mountain peaks. Wherever you choose to go, you are in for a spectacular experience!
Did you know that every year, millions of birds fly over Montenegro? The reason for this is that our climate is situated along the vital Adriatic migration corridor. Bring your binoculars, field notebook, and species identification manual, and come to this ornithological paradise!
Discover Montenegro's south: lakes, fields, and the Adriatic coast
Visit the steppe-like habitats surrounding Podgorica, as well as deep canyons, long sandy beaches, lakes, and salt flats. Imagine riding in a traditional wooden boat while admiring the Skadar Lake's wildlife, which includes ibis, squacco heron, purple heron, whiskered tern, ferruginous duck, and black-crowned night heron.
Don't forget to consider the lake's unusually beautiful nature, which is home to 280 bird species. For a bird watching savant, we think that sums up a total of 280 reasons to go! Bird watching on the lake can also be arranged from specially constructed platforms at Stanaj, Žabljačke Livade, Plavnica, and Raduš.
Autumn and winter are the best times to go bird watching because large flocks of migratory birds fly over Skadar Lake during these seasons. The Skadar Lake National Park organizes bird watching, and announces bird watching events one day in advance .
Your journey can continue further south - to the city of Ulcinj
Ulcinjska Solana is home to 240 different bird species. You can see collared pratincole, little tern, purple sandpiper, black-winged stilt, and other birds as you walk between the saltwater pools. Your journey can continue to the lovely Velika Beach, which is 13 km long. Birds such as the crested lark, Eurasian stone-curlew, and bee-eater can be seen while strolling through a nearby field. The beach itself provides breathtaking views of the sea, as well as the intoxicating scent of sea salt carried on the wind, and is home to common terns and other shorebirds.
Then on to Buljarica and beyond?
Try to spot a Levant sparrowhawk and a Eurasian reed warbler when visiting the fascinating beach Buljarica in Budva. Then, progress to Tivat's Solila and discover why the locals refer to it as the "sweet and salty oasis of peace." It holds approximately 114 species of birds to witness, and you might just see your favorite guest - flamingos. After this, head to Kotor and stroll through the Old Town and a tasting of traditionally prepared delicious seafood delicacies are essential experiences here.
Observe birds in Nikšić and Podgorica, as well as further north
If you are an avid bird watcher, don’t skip the Nikšić field which includes reservoirs Krupac, Slano, and Vrtac, on your way to Podgorica. Explore the valley of the river Zeta, as well as Ćemovsko Field in Podgorica.
Visit the national parks Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and Prokletije in the country's north. They not only have some of the most important climates for birds, but they also possess breathtaking views of mountain peaks, rainforests, deep canyons, and clear water from the most beautiful mountain lakes and rivers. You can unwind and relax while basking in the fragrances of nature and the enchanting flavours of traditional dishes, perhaps while staying in a katun or a rural household.
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