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On April 6 and 7, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) challenges the inhabitants of Madeira to discover the number of buzzards in the Region, participating in the XIV Census of buzzards.

The buzzards Census aims to contribute to assess the state of the population of the largest bird of prey that nests in the archipelago: the buzzard measures between 1,10 and 1,30m from the tip of a wing to the tip of the other . Over a weekend, dozens of volunteers scour the islands for this species. Altogether, in the 13 editions of the Census, 422 people have already covered 7639 km, seeing a total of 1046 of these birds. This data collected by volunteers have allowed the experts to deepen their knowledge about various aspects of the biology of the species, such as behavior and habitats most commonly used.

“We invite everyone to join us. It is not necessary to know science, nor to be an expert to participate in the buzzard Census: just be able to identify this bird of prey, “says Cátia Gouveia, coordinator of SPEA Madeira.

To participate, just send an email to, [email protected]