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Birding Lisbon
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Belém
In the Belém area, it is possible to watch several waterbirds along the river - mainly gulls but also some
waders.
Birds:
Cormorant, Sanderling, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesse Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull
Location
in the western part of town,
along the Tagus river

Underground
not available

Buses
714, 727, 728, 729, 743,
749, 751, 773

Opening hours
does not close

Access
free
The shore of the river Tagus is formed by a long tilted wall, which is rather unsuitable for birds. However,
during low tide, the muds and sands can be seen (see pictures) and a few waders feed alongside the wall,
particularly Turnstones and Sanderlings. Turnstones have also been seen feeding on the wall itself,
especially near the Tower of Belém. Gulls are usually plentiful along the river, the most common species
being Black-headed, Lesser black-backed and Yellow-legged. Cormorant can also be seen, flying low over
the water.

A few hundred metres northwards, close to the great Hieronymites monestery, the Yellow-legged Gull can be
seen year round and there are reasons to believe that it might be breeding here.

Not far from here, near the famous Pastéis de Belém, lies the Botanical Garden, which holds several land
birds, including the exotic Senegal Parrot.
During low tide, the shore of the river is sometimes used as a feeding area by small waders
Turnstones sometimes feed along this wall, close to the Tower of Belém
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