Larouco Mountain

The Larouco Mountain is 6 Km away northeast from Montalegre, bordering Spain. With its altitude of 1535m, it is the second highest point of continental Portugal and you can go there by car. It’s an area with very few trees and the predominant vegetation is mountain bushes and some oak woodlands to the north and to the west. At the north side, in Spain, there is a plantation of pine-cones (Pinus sylvestris), where you can observe the Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) all year long. The best time to watch birds in this area is in summer, when dozens of Birds of Prey join and hunt in the windy hillsides. Sometimes during winter you can also observe very interesting species such as the Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) and the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis). From the several species of birds that can be observed in the Larouco Mountain we highlight the following: Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Nightjar  (Caprimulgus europaeus), Swift  (Apus apus), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestres), Meadow Pipit  (Anthus pratensis), Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), Stonechat  (Saxicola rubicola), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis),  Whitethroat  (Sylvia communis), Dartford Warbler  (Sylvia undata), Red-backed Shrike  (Lanius collurio), Carrion Crow  (Corvus corone), Linnet (Carduelis canabina), Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia).