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Europe, Mallorca


The Arta Mountains lie on the east coast of Mallorca and host a good selection of woodland and mountain species. One of the most popular areas with birders is the church of Ermita de Betlem reached by a winding, narrow and steep road through stunning scenery. Shearwaters are frequent off the Arta Peninsula.


Notable Species

Booted Eagle is regularly seen in the Arta Mts and other upland birds include Alpine Swift, Blue Rock Thrush, Eurasian Crag Martin and Northern Raven. Alpine Accentor can be seen in this area from October to April.

Nearer the sea at Cabo Ferrutx there is more open ground with Red-legged Partridge, Tawny Pipit, and Thekla Lark. Cirl Bunting and Balearic Warbler can usually be found in the area.


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Birds you can see here include:

Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Swift, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Greater Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Common Wren, Alpine Accentor, Nightingale, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Melodious Warbler, Balearic Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Woodchat Shrike, Northern Raven, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, European Serin, Balearic Crossbill, Cirl Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

The gardens of Ermita de Betlem regularly hold Common Firecrestand the Balearic race of Common Crossbill.

Access and Facilities

There is a road from the town of Arta which eventually forks left to the Ermita de Betlem or right towards a communications tower near Cabo Ferrutx. The Arta Mts are within easy reach of Puerto Pollensa where most birding visitors to Mallorca prefer to make their base.

Contact Details

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Content and images originally posted by Steve