Birdwatching in Lista

Lista, located about an hour and a half drive westwards from Kristiansand, is often described as a miniature version of Jæren. The landscape resembles that of Jæren, with beautiful beaches and field landscapes. The climate here is mild, allowing for a teeming birdlife all year round. In other words, Lista is an incredible paradise both for birds and for birders.

Birdwatching All Year Round
The diversity of species are, like most other places, greatest during migration periods. But Lista is worth a visit regardless of season. What you do not see the first time you visit, you might see the next time.


Map over Lista

3Sjøfuglbua, Lista fyr (Lista lighthouse)
4Bird towers by Slevdalsvannet
5Lista havn (Lista harbour)
11The bird hide by Hanangervannet

Lista Fuglestasjon (Lista Bird Observatory)
Lista Bird Observatory is doing a tremendous work of ringing birds, and they welcome visitors who want to see and learn how this is done. They also accept visits from nursery schools and schools. More information on birds in Lista and Lista Bird Observatory here: Lista

Lista våtmarkssenter (Lista Wetland Centre)
Lista Wetland Centre will also give you a warm welcome, and like Lista Bird Observatory, they offer active teaching about the area. More information here: Besøkssenter våtmark Lista.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Sandy beaches, cultural landscapes, wetlands, and forest.
Best time to visit:All year.
Bird towers:Point 3—Lista lighthouse
Point 4—Slevdalsvannet (two towers)
Point 11—Hanangervann
In Kviljoodden, a bird hide is projected.
Local association:Lista Fuglestasjon.
Shoes:Waterproof hiking boots.
Clothes:Wind proof hiking wear. Preferably something warm.




Birdingbed cooperates with long-time experienced guides in customizing personalized birdwatching experiences like…

  • excursions to see owls, woodpeckers, birds of prey and more.
  • Black Grouse lek, Capercaillie lek, bird cliffs, among other things
  • photography trips.
  • finding specific species.

For guided excursions in this area, contact Jonas Langbråten through the web page Langbråten foto og natur

Did you know …

… that both the Yellow Wagtails Flavissima and Thunbergi breed in Lista?

… that Lista Bird Station are one of two bird observatories that are members of Norsk Ornitologisk Forening (Norwegian Ornithological Association)?

… that nursery schools and school classes can have valuable teaching in Lista?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds in Lista

Rare Birds in Lista
Every year rarities are seen. Some are registered almost yearly, oftentimes more than one individual. Here are some examples of the rare birds that have been seen in Lista:
Red-breasted Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Eared Grebe, Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Great Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Black Stork, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black Kite, Red Kite, Pallid Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Pied Avocet, Eurasian Thick-knee, Caspian Plover, American Golden-Plover, Pacific Golden-Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Marsh Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Terek Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Mediterranean Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Roseate Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Thick-billed Murre, Snowy Owl, White-throated Needletail, European Bee-eater, Calandra Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Water Pipit, American Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Siberian Accentor, Common Nightingale, Siberian Stonechat, Pied Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Dusky Thrush, Black-throated Thrush, Pallas’s Grasshopper-Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Booted Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Pallas’s Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Firecrest, Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Rosy Starling, Spanish Sparrow, European Serin, Pine Bunting, Grey-hooded Bunting, Yellow-breasted Bunting and Corn Bunting.

Key Map
Helpful Links
(also in english)

Lista fuglestasjon
(also in english)

Besøkssenter våtmark Lista
(also in english)