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Birdwatching in Albania

The avian world of Albania is to be discovered, surprises are guaranteed everywhere

Best time: February–April | October–November


Bird-lovers from all over the world flock to Albanian reserves to see unusual bird species. The activity may be enjoyed all across the country, but most often bird-watchers head to coastal regions and wetlands, as these areas are praised for the especially dense populations of rare birds. In particular, tourists look for birds at Karavasta Lagoon in the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. Another popular destination for birdwatching is Lake Prespa in Prespa National Park. Other birding places are Nartë (Narta Lagoon), Patok’s wetland, Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park, and Shkodër (Lake of Shkodra).

Divjaka-Karavasta National Park is the favourite of the ornithologists from Germany, Austria, Poland, and other parts of Europe. One of its main attractions is the nesting of a rare species of Dalmatian pelicans. The lagoon is also a nesting grounds for more than 1,300 species of birds, including small tern, large and small cormorant, and meadow collared pratincole.

The area of Lake Prespa boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is especially famous for being a refuge for migratory birds. Also, you can meet many species that are on the verge of extinction.

Birdwatching is available all year round with different highlights depending on the season. Traditionally, migration periods provide more opportunities. The best months are February to April, and also October to November.

Practical info

What are some top places in Albania for birdwatching?

Karavasta Lagoon and Lake Prespa are among the top birdwatching locations in Albania, home to the Dalmatian pelican and several threatened species of migratory birds. Other excellent locations include Nartë, Patok's wetland, Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park, and Shkodër, Lake of Shkodra. Show more

Which national park in Albania is most popular for birdwatching?

The Divjaka-Karavasta National Park is the most popular destination for birdwatching in Albania. This park attracts ornithologists from around Europe, who come to witness rare species of birds, including the Dalmatian pelican and many other varieties who make Karavasta Lagoon their nesting place. Show more

What is the number and variety of bird species in Albania's coastal and wetland regions?

Bird lovers can appreciate the splendid diversity of Albania's coastal and wetland regions, which are home to a broad range of bird species, including small tern, large and small cormorant, meadow collared pratincole, and Dalmatian pelican, among others. Albania is also a sanctuary for near-extinct and migratory birds such as the white pelican, the great white egret, the whooper swan and the Eurasian bittern. Show more

When is the most favorable period for birdwatching in Albania?

The ideal time for a journey to Albania for birdwatching is from February to April and October to November, which coincide with the migration seasons. However, Albania offers exceptional birding opportunities all year round, giving bird watchers the chance to take advantage of the different species that can be seen throughout the seasons. Show more

Are any of Albania's bird species at risk of becoming extinct?

Yes, Albania's bird population includes many species on the verge of extinction. The IUCN has classified species such as the white pelican, the great white egret, the whooper swan, and the Eurasian bittern as endangered. Albania is an attractive birdwatching destination due to the high possibility of seeing rare bird species that may not be found elsewhere. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin