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Hoces del Jalón – Palo del Moro y Llanos de Calatorao – Alfamen

Hoces del Jalón – Palo del Moro y Llanos de Calatorao – Alfamen

ITINERARY

Hoces del Jalón en Ricla and Llanos de Calatorao-Alfamen

SPECIES

RESIDENT: Bonelli’s Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Eagle Owl, Long-eared Owl, Little Owl, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Kingfisher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Red-billed Chough, Common Raven, Crag Martin, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Calandra Lark, Penduline Tit, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Dartford Warbler, Rock Sparrow, Rock Bunting.

SUMMER: Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Black Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Scops Owl, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, European Bee-Eater, Hoopoe, Eurasian Wryneck, Sand Martin, Melodious Warbler, Short-toed Lark, Meadow Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Orphean Warbler.

OVERWINTERING: Hen Harrier, Merlin, Woodcock, Brambling, Siskin, Hawfinch, Wallcreeper, Reed Bunting.

MIGRANT: European Bee-Eater, Black Stork, Common Crane.

DESCRIPTION

RECOMMENDED TIME OF YEAR: Winter and spring.

HABITATS: Hoces del Jalón – Palo del Moro:- Mediterranean shrub, gallery forests and cliffs. Llanos de Calatorao – Alfamen: Unirrigated cereal fields, almond groves, steppes and isolated mediterranean shrub.

BIRDING ARAGÓN

Black Kite. Photo: Miguel Ángel García

Alimoche Aves Emblematicas

Egyptian Vulture. Photo: Miguel Ángel García

BIRDS

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius ES: roquero solitario Description L: 21-23cm; W: 33-37cm; The male in breeding plumage is bluish-grey; dark wings and tail; in winter with brown rims on the blue feathers. Female has grey-brown upperparts, bluish tinge...

Black Wheatear
Black Wheatear

Oenanthe leucura ES: collalba negra Description L: 18cm; W:26-29cm; Uniformly black body (male) or dark brown (female); white rump and undertail coverts; white tail with a central and terminal black band. Both sexes are similar, the male is...

Black-eared Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear

Oenanthe hispanicaES: collalba rubia Description L: 14cm; W:25-27cm; Male in breeding plumage with reddish ocher back; rump and upper coverts creamy white; black wings with white trim on the feathers; throat and sides of head black or black...

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Anthus campestris ES: Bisbita campestre Description L: 17cm; W:27cm; Summer species spread throughout the Aragon region in consistently low densities, in areas with sparsely covered vegetation.   Observation difficulty: Medium Status:...

Eurasian Crag Martin
Eurasian Crag Martin

Ptyonoprogne rupestris ES: Avión roquero Description L:14cm W:33cm. Strong greyish-brown upperparts. Dirty white underparts and short, square tail. Up close, finely ridged throat. With white markings near the end of the rectrices. Both...

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Riparian riparian ES: Avión zapador Description L: 12cm. W:28cm. Bird with brown upperparts and white underparts, the chest has a brown band; with a short, slightly forked tail. Both sexes are similar. It nests near water and excavates its...

Thekla Lark
Thekla Lark

Galerida theklae ES: Cogujada montesina Description L: 17cm W: 28-32cm. Bird with brown plumage very similar to the Crested lark; it has a crest and an eyebrow on its head; outer tail feathers ochre; and a clearly striated chest; ocher...

Crested Lark
Crested Lark

Cristata gallery ES: Cogujada común Description L: 17cm W: 29-38cm. Brown plumage similar to the Thekla lark, although with a larger wingspan; it has a crest and eyebrow on its head; ochre outer tail feathers; and diffusely striated chest;...

Greater Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark

Calandrella brachydactyla ES: Terrera común Description L: 13-14cm W: 25-30cm. Elongated beak and a straight lower mandible; It has a brownish upper part streaked with dark and white underparts, an unspeckled chest and two black spots on...

Calandra Lark
Calandra Lark

Melanocorypha calandra ES: Calandria común Description L: 18-19cm W: 34-42cm. Crestless head without crown and marked eyebrow, thick and strong beak. Brown upper part, with light edges, chest with fine stripes and two dark lateral spots...

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos minor ES: Pico menor Description L: 14-16 cm W: 24 -29 cm.   Observation difficulty: Hard Status: Resident. Optimal Season: Dec-Jan Conservation Status: Protected species Habitat: Riverbanks Best places to see in Aragón ​...

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major ES: Pico picapinos Description L: 23-26 cm. W: 38 – 44 cm. Back black, with two white spots on shoulders: white throat and chest; red underparts; white cheek and forehead; dark with white mottling wings; black tail with...

European Green Woodpecker
European Green Woodpecker

Picus viridis ES: Pito real Description L: 16-17cm W: 25-27cm.This insectivorous bird has cryptic plumage with a grey-brown back; grey underparts with ocher chest and throat; transversely streaked grey and brown tail; brown beak and legs....

Eurasian Wryneck
Eurasian Wryneck

Jynx torquillaES: Torcecuello euroasiático Description L: 16-17cm W: 25-27cm. This insectivorous bird has cryptic plumage with a grey-brown back; grey underparts with ocher chest and throat; transversely streaked grey and brown tail; brown...

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Upupa epops ES: Abubilla Description L 25-28cm. W: 44-48 cm. Brown back, with black and white transverse stripes; pinkish-wine chest, with white underparts; fawn-coloured head with a pinkish crest tipped with black and white; black wings...

European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater

Merops apiaster ES: Abejaruco europeo Description L: 27-29cm W: 44-49cm. Colourful insectivorous bird, with reddish-brown crown and anterior part of the back; golden yellow back; tail and underparts green; yellow throat and eyes covered by...

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis ES: Martín pescador comúnr Description L: 15-17cm W: 24-26cm. Bluish above, brownish-orange below, white throat, with a white spot on both sides of the neck. Sexual dimorphism is not very evident and is limited to the colour...

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

Asio otus ES: Búho chico Description L: 31-37cm; W: 86-98 cm; Nocturnal raptor with striking facial design. It has a gray-brown to reddish-brown back, speckled with brown; ocher underparts; reddish-brown flight feathers; tail rufous with...

Little Owl
Little Owl

Athene nocturne ES: Mochuelo común Description L: 21-23cm; W: 51-54cm; With more diurnal habits than other owls, this owl has a brown back with rounded white spots; chest diffusely fringed brown and white; brown flight feathers, speckled...

Eurasian Eagle-Owl
Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Bubo bubo ES: Búho real Description L: 57-75cm; W:140-188cm; Large nocturnal bird of prey with an ocher general color, speckled with dark; brown wings with transverse ocher stripes; white throat; bill dark; feet covered in buff feathers;...

Eurasian Scops Owl
Eurasian Scops Owl

Otus scops ES: Autillo europeo Description L: 19-21cm; W: 47-54cm; The smallest of the owls of the Iberian Peninsula. It has a gray-brown to reddish-brown back, with a fine pattern of stripes; paler abdomen, also vermiculated; flight...

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

Pterocles alchata ES: Ganga ibérica Description L: 31-39cm; W: 55cm; Steppe smaller in size than the white-bellied sandgrouse. In breeding plumage, the male has a yellow-speckled back; black and yellow barred rump and long tail; Deep ocher...

Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Pterocles orientalis ES: Ganga ortega Description L: 34-36cm; W: 65-70cm; Steppe bird with camouflage colors, compact and voluminous body, long wings and black belly. Male with gray back mottled with yellow; gray head, neck and breast;...

Eurasian Woodcock
Eurasian Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola ES: Chocha perdiz Description L: 33-38cm; W: 55-65cm; Wader of forest and solitary habits. Both sexes are similar, their cryptic plumage stands out, with gray upperparts with black and ocher stripes; gray underparts,...

Eurasian Stone-curlew
Eurasian Stone-curlew

Burhinus oedicnemus ES: Alcaraván común Description L: 40-44cm; W: 77-85 cm; MediuMar-Sepized bird with sandy-toned plumage, with a large, bright yellow eye framed by two white lines; yellow bill with black tip and yellow legs; wings brown,...

Little Bustard
Little Bustard

Tetrax tetrax ES: Sisón común Description In breeding plumage, the male has an ocher hood with black striations and the rest of the head is gray; black neck with white stripes, followed by a white and a black collar. In non-breeding...

Common Crane
Common Crane

Grus Grus ES: Grulla común Description L: 96-119cm; W: 180-222cm; Adult slate gray; throat, nape and sides of face black; sides of head and neck white; crown red; black primaries; long secondaries giving the appearance of being part of the...

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus ES: Halcón peregrino Description L: 38-51cm; W: 89-113cm; The largest of the falcons of the Iberian Peninsula. Adults with bluish gray back; pale underparts, finely barred with dark; dark head with broad mustache; tail...

Merlin
Merlin

Falco columbariusES: Esmerejón Description L: 26-33cm; W: 55-69cm; The smallest of the European falcons. Adult male with slate gray back, finely striated; reddish underparts, streaked with brown; dark gray tail, with thin bands smaller than...

Common Kestrel
Common Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus ES: Cernícalo vulgar Description L: 31-37cm; W: 68-78cm; Raptor with pointed wings and long tail, with a black band near the end; dark nails; back brown, mottled in both sexes; light ocher underparts, mottled on body and...

Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni ES: Cernícalo primilla Description L:26-31cm; W: 66-72cm; Raptor with pointed wings and long tail, with a black band near the end; light nails; back brown, mottled only in female; light ocher underparts, speckled with dark;...

Bonelli’s Eagle
Bonelli’s Eagle

Aquila fasciata ES: Águila perdicera Description L: 60-70cm; W: 150-170cm; Adults with dark upperparts; underparts white, streaked with dark; tail grey-brown, with several dark bars; wings dark above and lighter and shaded dark below;...

Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle

Aquila pennata ES: Águila calzada Description L: 42-51cm; W:110-135cm; With feathers on the tarsi, covering even the fingers. It has two types of plumagW: a light phase with white underparts; neck and breast often with a tawny band; ocher...

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos ES: Águila real Description L: 76-96cm; W: 180-230cm; One of the best known birds of prey. The adult has dark brown plumage; head and nape golden; tail with diffuse transverse bands. In adult birds, the male has a darker...

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneusES: Aguilucho pálido Description L: 44-55cm; W: 97 - 118cm; Adult male with gray head and back; gray underparts on chest and white on rest; wing tips black; gray tail; white rump. Adult female with dark brown back; light brown...

Short-toed Snake Eagle
Short-toed Snake Eagle

Circaetus gallicusES: Culebrera europea Description L: 62-69cm; W: 160-175cm; Raptor with brown back and large head; tail with four transverse dark bands, the terminal one wider; dark throat and chest; white underparts streaked with brown;...

Griffon Vulture
Griffon Vulture

Gyps fulvus ES: Buitre leonador Description L: 95-110cm; W: 230-265cm; The most common of the Iberian vultures. Naked head and neck, with whitish down; light feather ruff; tawny plumage, with darker wings and tail; gray beak and claws...

Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture

Neophron perchnopterus ES: Alimoche común Description L: 55-65cm; W: 148-171cm; Adults white except wing feathers; head and throat without feathers, yellow. Both sexes are of similar size and plumage, the male being a little smaller than...

Black Kite
Black Kite

Milvus migransES: Milano negro Descripción L: 55-60cm; W: 130-155cm. Brown-backed bird; striped reddish brown underparts; clear crown streaked with black; Wings dark brown, with a diffuse dark spot at the base of the primaries; barred...

European Honey Buzzard
European Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus ES: Abejero europeo Description L:52-59cm, W:115-135cm. Bird with a brown back and some pale fringes; light underside with dark mottling; wings brown and light on the underside; with a general appearance very similar to the...

Black Stork
Black Stork

Ciconia nigra ES: Cigüeña negra Description L: 95-100 cm; W: 145-155 cm; Similar in size and shape to the white or common stork, from which it differs in its shiny black plumage and distinctive white underparts. Red beak and legs....