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Birding Lisbon
Matinha lies on the shore of the Tagus, very close to its estuary. It is one of the best places in town to watch
waterbirds. The large roost of cormorants stands out.
Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow
in the eastern part of Lisbon,
between Poço do Bispo and
Parque das Nações

not available

28, 781, 782

Opening hours
does not close

free of charge
The Matinha area holds the largest section of estuarine muds in Lisbon and so this is one of the best places
in town to watch waterbirds, namely herons, egrets and waders. This place is particularly interesting in
autumn and winter, during periods of low tide.

Gulls are plentiful, with Black-headed being the dominant species. Grey herons are usually present and
sometimes Little Egrets turn up. More rarely, Flamingos put in appearance - in January 2009 there were 6
feeding in this place.

During the coldest months, it is also possible to find some waders, the most regular being the Avocet. Other
species which can usually be seen here are the Common Sandpiper and the Turnstone. Other species of
waders that have been recorded here include Ringed and Kentish Plovers.

This site is also noteworthy for its large roost of Cormorants. These birds like to perch on the large metallic
structure that runs parallel to the shoreline – during the winter period, this roost can hold more than 100
Cormorants and in January 2009 a record 189 birds were counted here.
During low tide, the muds at Matinha hold gulls, waders and other waterbirds
In winter, the Cormorants can usually be seen roosting in the metallic structure at Matinha.
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