It is said that there are almost 400 species of breeding birds in Hungary, a statistic which makes the country one of the foremost destinations for birdwatchers.
One of the main reasons for this avian abundance is Hungary's position on the great European migratory route which sees many species making spring and autumn stopovers in the country.
A Great White Egret in full flight
The birdlife in the Bükk reflects the diversity evident in the rest of the country. The Bükk and Aggtelek are mainly built up from sediments (limestone) and have a rugged structure. Here, in the abandoned, uneven and aged forest, woodpeckers and flycatchers are numerous.
These areas are remote and unspoiled enough to have Black Stork, Saker Falcon, Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle breeding. Nine species of Woodpecker live here and birds like Hawfinch, Collared Flycatcher and Barred Warbler are common.
Here is a list of just some of the bird species nesting in and around the Bükk National Park:
Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Hobby, Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Montagus Harrier, Ural Owl, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Great Bustard, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Night Heron, Bittern, Little Bittern, Spoonbill, Black Stork, Pygmy Cormorant, White-winged and Whiskered Black Tern, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoo, Lesser Grey Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Black-, White-backed-, Grey-headed-, Middle Spotted-, Lesser Spotted- and Syrian Woodpecker, Wryneck, Red-breasted, Spotted and Collared Flycatcher, Barred-, Moustached, Savi’s, River and Aquatic Warbler, Penduline and Bearded Tit, Red-necked Grebe,Black-necked Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Corncrake, Crested Lark, Tree Lark, Golden Oriole, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Rock and Corn Bunting, Hawfinch, Brambling, Serin, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Tree Pipit.
If you would like to explore the Bükk and its birdlife, then we can recommend an English-speaking guide, a Dutch biologist, who has extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area having lived there for many years. For more on the services he offers, please visit our guiding page; Rob also speaks Dutch and German.