Paul da Praia da Vitória

Região Autónoma dos Açores  >  Portugal

Great place for birding on the Azores island of Terceira. Mainly to observe ducks and herons, but American vagrant birds regularly appear.

Added* by Ricardo António Bispo Izequiel
Most recent update 29 March 2023


Paul da Praia da Vitória is a wetland located in the center of the city of Praia da Vitória, which makes it a peculiar place. Despite the enormous human pressure Paul da Praia has been recovered. In 2009, a long process ofphysical recovery of this wetland was completed and the wetland became a must see place for birdwatchers visiting the Azores, as well as for the local population. Among the birds you can encounter are Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Common Teal, Redhead, Common Pochard, Ring-necked Duck, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Striped Crake, Common Snipe, Kittiwake, Bonaparte's Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis and Blackcap.


Português: Ótimo sítio principalmente para observar patos, garças, onde regularmente aparece aves americanas.



There's parking right next to wetland.


Português: Tem estacionamento mesmo ao lado do Paul.

Terrain and Habitat

Moors/heathland , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Winter , Autumn

Best time to visit

Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


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