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XIV Manta Census

During the 6th and 7th of April, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), asks the inhabitants of Madeira to identify and record the number of Manta (Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo buteo) in Madeira as part of the XIV Manta Census.

The Manta is the largest bird of prey living in Madeira and  has a wingspan of approximately 1.10 m – 1.30 m.   The bird can be found in many different and varying habitats from forest, agricultural land and areas of human population.  The Census aims to assess the number of birds living and nesting in Madeira, their preferred habitats if any and behavioural patterns.

Last years census had 422 volunteers identify and recorded 1046 Manta’s while covering a combined total area of 7639 km.

Everyone is invited to take part as no formal qualifications are needed, except being able to identify the bird, says the coordinator of SPEA, Cátia Gouveia.  If you are interested in taking part, please email SPEA on

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