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Birding Lisbon
Monsanto Forest
This is the largest park of Lisbon. It holds a wide variety of bird species and is undoubtedly the best place in
town for tree-dwelling species.
Night Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush,
Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Short-toed
treecreeper, Jay, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin
in western Lisbon, from
Benfica to Ajuda

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11, 29

Opening hours
does not close

free of charge
The garden of Montes Claros is a pleasant place. Here it is possible to see several passerines and, sometimes, Night Herons.
Near the Luneta dos Quartéis viewpoint, it is possible to find several woodland species, such as Long-tailed Tit and Firecrest
Monsanto is considered by many people as the “lung of Lisbon”, and indeed this woodland is the largest
green area in town. This park holds many different birds, including several species that are typical of wooded
areas. In Monsanto there are many places where it is possible to take walks and watch birds. The following
are two of the best choices.

Montes Claros lies close to the so-called “Alto de Monsanto” (the peak of Monsanto), which lies close to the
A5 motorway. This place is much appreciated by Lisbon inhabitants during weekends. There is a garden with
a lake and a viewpoint. Birdlife is composed mainly of passerines, such as tits, Blackbirds and Goldfinches.
The lake is sometimes used as a feeding site by Night Herons, which come from the zoo, where they breed
freely. The surrounding woods hold Coal Tit, Greenfinch and wintering Siskins.

Going north, towards Benfica, there is another viewpoint called
Luneta dos Quartéis which is also close to
another patch of dense forest. This area is less popular than Montes Claros and so it allows more quiet
birding with less disturbance. The viewpoint itself is facing west, while to the north it is possible to see part of
the woodland. Woodpigeons often fly over this place, while the surrounding woodlands hold Long-tailed Tits
and Firecrests, together with other more common species.
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