The fauna of Portugal is a mixture of European and North African types. As in Spain, the wild goat, wild pig, and deer can be found in the countryside. The wolf survives in the remote parts of the far north and northeast, and the lynx inhabits the Malcata Mountains. The fox, rabbit, and Iberian hare are ubiquitous. Birdlife is rich because the peninsula lies on the winter migration route of western and central European species. Hunting zones cover nearly one-third of Portugal. In the Azores, only the smaller mammals are found—such as the rabbit, weasel, ferret, rat (brown and black), and mouse as well as various types of bats. Next to these animals, the Azores are very well known as a worldwide hotspot for ceteceans. Game birds include woodcock, red partridge, quail, and snipe. The highly endangered Mediterranean monk seal is native to Madeira’s Desertas Islands, which were designated a nature reserve in 1990. Some 40 species of birds breed there, including the Madeira laurel pigeon and the Zino’s petrel. The variety of beetles (nearly 700 species, many indigenous) and moths (more than 100 species, about one-fourth of which are peculiar to the Madeiras) is remarkable.

Common dolphin near the island of Pico, Azores - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale coming to the surface for breathing - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Small group of Risso’s dolphins - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Sei whale in th Azores - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Fin whale near the shore of Lajes - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Group of Risso’s dolphins - Nature Stock Photo Agency
False killer whale taking a breath while passing - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Striped dolphin on the run in front of Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Risso’s dolphins synchronized swimming - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Risso dolphin on the surface - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Fin whale in front of agrarian coast of Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale taking a breath in front of Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Fin whale in front of the coast of Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Risso dolphin in front of the coast - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale fluke in the Azores - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Group of false killer whales - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale diving near Pico shores - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Fin whale in front of the Azorean coast - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Cory shear-water close up portrait - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale fluke right before the dive - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale fluke with a bunch of stool - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale in front of Pico island, Azores - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Cory shear-water resting on the ocean - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale dorsal fin - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Fin whale in front of the coast - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale on the surface with its breathing holes - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale side while diving - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Beautiful fluke of a blue whale - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Finwhale diving near shore - Nature Stock Photo Agency
False killer whales passing by - Nature Stock Photo Agency
2 common dolphins passing by - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale diving with dorsal fin - Nature Stock Photo Agency
False killer whale group near Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale fluking - Nature Stock Photo Agency
Blue whale in front of mount Pico - Nature Stock Photo Agency
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