Photo Gallery of Migrating Birds and Winter Visitors

1. Migrating Birds

In addition to the more that 70 bird species breeding on Naxos, many more species can be observed during spring and fall migration. On this page you find photos of the most common and abundant migrating bird species, as well as some rarities that can be seen on the island. All the photos were taken by my father Winfried Scharlau (only a few of them on the island of Naxos).

Herons and Egrets

Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) Great Egret (Egretta alba) Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)


Red-footed Falcon (Falco verspertinus) Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) Black Kite (Milvus migrans)


Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) Black Tern (Chlidonas niger) Whiskered Tern (Chlidonas hybrida)


Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleuca) Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) Little Stint (Calidris minuta) Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) Great Snipe (Gallinago media) Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)

Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Cuckoo

Hoopoe (Upupa epops) Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) European Roller (Coracias garrulus) Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Swallows, Larks

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum) Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)

Wagtails and Pipits

Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla feldegg) Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

Shrikes, Oriole, Thrushes

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

Flycatchers and Thrushes

Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)


Common Warbler (Sylvia communis) Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

2. Winter Visitors

During the winter the avifauna of Naxos changes considerably. The migratory birds leave the island and the wintor visitors appear. The most common winter visitors are the Robin and the Black Redstart. Other abundant species include the Eurasian Siskin, Serin, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Song Thrush and Sparrowhawk. In the following part you find photos of some of the more common winter visitors on Naxos.

Grebes, Swans, Geese

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)


Pochard (Aythya ferina) Teal (Anas crecca) Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Herons and Egrets

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

Raptors, Kingfisher

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Gulls and Terns

Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) Little Gull (Larus minutus) Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)


Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) European Golden Plover (Pluvialis apicaria) Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Larks, Pipits, Wagtails, Starling

Skylark (Alauda arvensis) Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Thrushes and relatives

Blackbird (Turdus merula) Song Thrush (Turdus philomela)border=”0″> Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Redstart, Warblers, Goldcrests

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Sparrows and Finches

European Siskin (Spinus spinus) Serin (Serinus serinus) Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)

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