Birds of Magyarlukafa

The red-backed shrike can be seen in the village itself.All nature pictures were taken by us in or near Magyarlukafa, unless stated otherwise.
The village of Magyarlukafa is bordered by three different habitat types: grassland and fields, marsh and ponds, woods. Most of the birds that are tied to one of these habitat types may be seen in the village itself, at least occasionally. This allows us to observe the following birds in the village:
red-backed shrike (grassland with shrubs), western marsh harrier (grassland and marsh), great egret (lakes), golden oriole (open forest) and black woodpecker (forest).

Some bird species that are common in the village, but that are rarely seen away from human settlements are: black redstart, European serin and white wagtail.

The Natura 2000 area borders the north side of the village. As far as the birds are concerned, the presence of the following species (amongst others) has been key to the designation of the zone: white-tailed eagle, black stork, raven, middle spotted woodpecker, black woodpecker and grey-headed woodpecker. The large number of woodpecker species in the Zselic is remarkable. In our garden we've observed already seven out of the eight species present.

Below you'll find a list of bird species we've been able to see or hear in the area. The list most certainly is not a complete inventory of the species present.

Hoopoe Upupa epops
In the village itself mainly to be seen in spring.
Common kingfisher Alcedo atthis
At the ponds south of the village.
European bee-eater Merops apiaster
Can be heard and seen every day in the village, but seldom perching. Mostly flying high in the sky.
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
Very common.
Corn bunting Emberiza calandra
To be seen and heard regularly in the valley north of the village.
Reed bunting Emberiza schoeniclus
Mostly seen in winter when we can find it along the grasslands.
Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis
Numbers are decreasing in the Zselic as well. Can be heard and seen on the grasslands to the west of Kishárságy (2.5 km from Magyarlukafa).
Crested lark Galerida cristata
Not present in the village itself. Often easy to see alongside the asphalt road near Szigetvár.
Barn swallow Hirundo rustica
Pretty large numbers in the village and near the ponds south of the village.
House martin Delichon urbicum
The largest numbers in the surroundings are to be found in the town of Szigetvár.
Common swift Apus apus
White wagtail Motacilla alba
Tree pipit Anthus trivialis
Not rare on the grasslands, sometimes in the village as well.
Eurasian reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Mainly at the ponds to the south of the village.
Marsh warbler Acrocephalus palustris
Savi's warbler Locustella luscinioides
Northern wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Wheatear and stonechat are pretty common in the valley to the north of the village and also to the west of (2.5 km from Magyarlukafa).
European stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
In summer only occasionaly in the village itself, but common in winter.
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
In summer only occasionaly in the village itself, but common in winter.
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Probably only during migration in spring and autumn.
Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Always present in the village in summer.
Collared flycatcher Ficedula albicollis
Black redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Common in the village itself.
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Not commun in the village.
European robin Erithacus rubecula
In summer rather sporadic in the village itself, but common in winter.
Common nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
In spring and early summer always to be heard in shrubs alongside the brook that passes through the valley east of the village.
Blackbird Turdus merula
The blackbirds in the village are more secretive than their Western European counterparts.
Song thrush Turdus philomelos
Mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus
In the first place to be found on trees along the somewhat higher situated grasslands between Magyarlukafa and Kishárságy.
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Winter visitor.
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Winter visitor.
Common starling Sturnus vulgaris
Golden oriole Oriolus oriolus
Still common in the village and the surroundings.
Red-backed shrike Lanius collurio
Common along the grasslands in the valley north of the village, but regularly to be seen in the village itself.
Lesser grey shrike Lanius minor
To be found at the same locations as the red-backed shrike, but much less common. At times to be obeserved in the village itself.
Great grey shrike Lanius excubitor
Winter visitor.
Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus
Great tit Parus major
Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Marsh tit Poecile palustris
Everywhere common, in the village as well. Remarkably tame.
Crested tit Lophophanes cristatus
In stretches of woodland dominated by conifers, as can be found to the east of Visnyeszéplak (6 km from Magyarlukafa).
Coal tit Parus ater
Not common.
European serin Serinus serinus
Common in the village itself.
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Common in the village itself.
Greenfinch Chloris chloris
Common in the village itself.
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Specially common on the grasslands around Magyarlukafa, but present in the village as well.
Common linnet Linaria cannabina
In the first place on the grasslands around Magyarlukafa, but present in the village as well.
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Rather common, but unobtrusive in the village all year round.
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Occasionally seen outside the village along the forest edge in the valley.
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Winter visitor.
Siskin Spinus spinus
Winter visitor.
Nuthatch Sitta europaea
Common everywhere: in the village and in the forests.
Short-toed treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
Present, but not common.
House sparrow Passer domesticus
Rather seldom to be seen in the village.
Tree sparrow Passer montanus
Very common in the vilage, on the fields and grasslands.
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Common everywhere: in the village and in the forests.
Lesser whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Common cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Can be heard everywhere in spring, in the village as well.
Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Common.
Middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocoptes medius
Rather common.
Lesser spotted woodpecker Dryobates minor
Green woodpecker Picus viridis
Common.
Grey-headed woodpecker Picus canus
To be seen and heard regularly.
Black woodpecker Dryocopus martius
Enormous woodpecker (second largest in the world). Certainly not rare, sometimes to be seen in the village. Nevertheless, its striking call will give away its present, rather than its large size. (Audiofile 1 = call at rest, audiofile 2 = call in flight)
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Well camouflaged, unobtrusive bird, catching our attention mainly because of its call. Present in the village itself.
Tawny owl Strix aluco
Present in the village itself.
Long-eared owl Asio otus
Can be seen in winter.
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Common everywhere: in the village and in the forests.
Hooded crow Corvus cornix
Common everywhere: in the village and in the forests.
Raven Corvus corax
Rather common and conspicuous because of its call.
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Mainly present in the proximity of the cities (Szigetvár), but in autumn and winter we can sometimes observe large groups in the surroundings of Magyarlukafa.
Common buzzard Buteo buteo
Common everywhere, always to be seen and heard in the village.
White-tailed eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Imposing presence. The largest European eagle. Often seen, but rather unpredictable, probably because of its large territory. Silent.
Western marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus
Present near the ponds south of the village.
Hen harrier Circus cyaneus
Winter visitor. Often seen in a low flight on the grasslands bordering Magyarlukafa and between Magyarlukafa and Kishárságy.
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Hobby Falco subbuteo
White stork Ciconia ciconia
Nests in many villages near Szigetvár, but not in Magyarlukafa. Makes his appearance sometimes in the valley when the grassland north of the village is being cut. Cf. video on the photo page.
Black stork Ciconia nigra
Breeds in the Zselic and can be seen from time to time in the village and the direct surroundings, mainly flying overhead.
Grey heron Ardea cinerea
Purple heron Ardea purpurea
At the first pond south of the village.
Great egret Ardea alba
Mainly at the ponds south of the village.
Night heron Nycticorax nycticorax
At the ponds south of the village.
Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
At the ponds south of the village.
Common coot Fulica atra
At the ponds south of the village.
Common moorhen Gallinula chloropus
At the ponds south of the village.
Water rail Rallus aquaticus
At the ponds south of the village.
Common sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
At the ponds south of the village.
Great crested grebe Podiceps cristatus
At the ponds south of the village.
Little grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
At the first pond south of the village.
Mute swan Cygnus olor
Breeding some years at the ponds south of the village.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Ferruginous duck Aythya nyroca
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Common and can be heard all the time in the village and on the grasslands in the surroundings.
Common quail Coturnix coturnix
Very difficult to see, but has a distinctive call.
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Only observed a few times in spring on the grassland bordering the northeast side of the village.
Wood pigeon Columba palumbus
Stock dove Columba oenas
European turtle dove Streptopelia turtur
Common, in the village as well, but always well hidden. Despite its quiet cooing call the birds are easier to be heard than seen.
Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto
Not in Magyarlukafa, but present in many villages closer to Szigetvár.