The archipelago is the natural habitat of bird species, such as common buzzards, Cory’s shearwaters, terns, wood pigeons and blackbirds. In the mountains of Serra da Tronqueira, on the island of São Miguel, the Azores bullfinch (locally known as priôlo) is a protected species given its rarity. The sky of the Azores is home to the only mammal endemic to islands: the Azores bat. Various other migratory birds choose the Azorean soil to rest during their long intercontinental journeys.
In the Atlantic Ocean, life multiplies itself by more than two dozens species of dolphins and whales that either inhabit or cross the seas of the Azores. There are abundant colonies of molluscs, crustaceous and fish, thus completing the region’s extraordinary maritime diversity.