Iberian Wall Lizard (lagartixa-ibérica)

Scientific name: Podarcis hispanica

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Lagartixa ibérica – Parque da Cidade

The Iberian Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanica) is a small wall lizard species of the genus Podarcis averaging 50–70 mm adult snout-vent length (SVL). It is found in the Iberian peninsula, in northwestern Africa and in coastal districts in Languedoc-Roussillon in France.

In Spanish, they are commonly called lagartija and sargantana.

Lagoas de Bertiandos e S.Pedro d’Arcos (Ponte-de-Lima)

“Bertiandos and São Pedro de Arcos Lagoons Protected Landscape” is a protected landscape in Portugal. It is one of the 30 areas which are officially under protection in the country, under the Rede Natura 2000 classification.

It is a wetlands Nature Reserve with around 350 hectares, divided between Bertiandos, São Pedro de Arcos, Estorãos, Moreira do Lima, Sá and Fontão parishes of Ponte de Lima, northern Portugal.

A Paisagem Protegida das Lagoas de Bertiandos e S. Pedro d’Arcos encontra-se classificada como paisagem protegida, fazendo parte da Reserva Ecológica Nacional, incluída na Rede Natura 2000.

A reserva tem cerca de 350 hectares que se estendem pelas freguesias de Bertiandos, São Pedro de Arcos, Estorãos, Moreira do Lima, Sá e Fontão.

The “S.Pedro de Arcos lagoon” is a rare example of continental wetlands, developed in a natural depression land zone, which permanent/semi-pernament flooding. It’s feeded in one hand, through the channels that receive the water proceeding from hydrographic basin and from the traditional watering of the “Estorãos river” and, in the other hand, through the floods by the water table rising.

A Lagoa de São Pedro d’Arcos é um raro exemplo de zonas húmidas continentais que se desenvolve numa zona de depressão natural do terreno com inundação permanente/semi-permanente. É alimentada por um lado, através dos canais que recebem a água proveniente da bacia hidrográfica e do regadio tradicional o Rio Estorãos e, por outro lado, através das cheias pela subida do lençol freático.

Lagoas de Bertiandos e São Pedro D’Arcos

Location: Ponte de Lima (PORTUGAL)


Mammals – Eurasian River Otter, Squirrel, Roe deer, Beech marten, Wild boar, Common genet, Fox, Rabbit, Shrew, Mice, Vole, etc.

Birds – Grey heron, Common kingfisher, Wild duck, Woodpecker, Owl, Skylark, Stonechat and Meadow pipit, etc.

Reptiles – Salamander, Marbled newt, Ocellated lizard, Small lizard, Montpellier snake, Grass snake, etc.

Amphibians – Frog, Toad, etc.

Fish: Barbel, Trout, Eel, etc.

Mamíferos – Lontra, Esquilo, Cervo, Fuinha, Javali, Gineta, Raposa, Coelho, Musaranho, Rato, etc.

Aves – Garça, Guarda-rios, Pato-real, Pica-pau, Mocho, Cotovia, Cartaxo-comum, Petinha-dos-prados, etc.

Reptéis – Salamandra, Lagartixa, Sardão, Cobra-de-água, Cobra-rateira, Tritão-marmoreado, etc.

Anfíbios – Rã, Sapo, etc.

Fish: Barbel, Trout, Eel, etc.

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Mandarin Duck (Pato-mandarim)

Scientific name: Aix galericulata

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Pato-mandarim  – Parque da Cidade

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and “whiskers”. The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange “sails” at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.

Unlike other species of ducks, most Mandarin drakes reunite with the hens they mated with along with their offsprings after the eggs have hatched and even share scout duties in watching the ducklings closely. However, even with both parents securing the ducklings, most of them do not survive to adulthood.

The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs