Ornithology on the Route

Habitats of the Llanos Ornithological Route of Cantos Fountain


they are undulating agricultural harvesting lands, with poor and shallow soils, whose vegetation is dominated by grasslands and cereal plantings, being devoid of trees. The ornithological interest they have is very great, as it houses a wide variety of steppe birds that require open and clear landscapes.
Birds: Aguilucho cenizo (Circus pygargus), Avutarda (Otis tarda), Zion(Tetrax tetrax), Alcaraván (Burbinus oedicnemus), Canastera (Glareola pratincola), Golden Chorlito (Pluvialis apricaria), Ganga ortega(Pterocles orientalis), Iberian ganga (Pterocles alchata) Carraca(Coracias garrulus), Terrera common (Calandrella brachydactyla), Calandria (Melanocorypha calandra), Vulture (Cisticola juncidis), Alcaudón real (Lanius excubitor), Triguero (Miliaria calandra).

Olive groves:

Small plots with olive trees of different age in rows and with grass-free soil. Here birds can nest in the ground, in the hollows of the trunk and in the glasses of olive trees, having food for the amount of invertebrates and the fruit in autumn and winter.
Birds: Red partridge (Alectoris rufa, Mochuelo (Athene noctua), Abubilla(Upupa epops), Black starling (Sturnus unicolor), currucas, foxesand frills.

Holm oak:

Lonely lands with holm oaks strewn among pastures and some scrub, undulating territory with some pond. Optimal for raptors, as they can nest in the trees and see their prey from them.
Birds: Blue Elanio (Elanus caeruleus), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Royal Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Road Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Culebrera Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Common Tortola (Streptopelia turtur), Abubilla (Upupa epops), Beeruco (Merops apiaster), Vulture(Cisticola juncidis), Curruca cabecinegra (Sylvia melanocephala), Common Alcaudon (Lanius senator), Cuervo (Corvus corax).

Viar River:

River of clean and oxygenated waters, with riverside vegetation such as reeds and swords, flanked by poplars. Good shade and possibility to see amphibians, reptiles and mammals, as well as birds.
Birds: White stork (Ciconia ciconia), Martin fisherman (Alcedo atthis), Abejaruco (Merops apiaster), Common nightingale (Luscinia megarbynchos), Gorrión moruno (Passer hispaniolensis).


The route includes visits to Fuente de Cantos and Montemolín where various monuments are found, such as a castle, churches and hermitages that are used by wild birds to make their nests.
Birds: Primilla kestrel (Falco naumanni), Common swift (Apus apus), Pale swift (Apus pallidus), Lone rocker (Monticola solitarius), Cuervo (Corvus corax).