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The town of Porto Colom is built around the northern and western sides of a large natural harbour bounded to the east by a scrub-covered peninsula.


Notable Species

Porto Colom is famous as an almost guaranteed site for Audouin's Gull, either in the harbour itself, off the lighthouse or the seaward side of the peninsula. Also seen from here are shearwaters and sometimes Northern Gannet and Pallid Swift breed on the cliffs.

There are open fields at the base of the peninsula that are good for Thekla Lark but the further towards the lighthouse has Sardinian Warbler and Balearic Warbler, Stonechat and Stone-curlew. Nightingale and Eurasian Scops Owl are commonly heard at night.


Birds you can see here include:

Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Mediterranean Shag, Northern Gannet, Little Egret, Stone-curlew, Audouin's Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Barn Owl, Eurasian Scops Owl, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Greater Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Common Nightingale, Common Redstart, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Cetti's Warbler, Balearic Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, House Sparrow, Eurasian Linnet, Cirl Bunting, Corn Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Access and Facilities

Porto Colom is easily reached by road from the north of Mallorca, where most birding visitors are based, via Petra and Felanitx. An alternative is to stay in Porto Colom itself.

On arrival in the town turn left at the harbour and follow the road around the top end of the harbour. The road continues to the lighthouse or there is a track across the peninsula through fields.

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