Laboratory of Ornithology (LabOr)

The LabOr - Laboratório de Ornitologia  is included in the Ecosystem Functioning and Conservation Research Group  of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (ICAAM ). This institutional background induces LabOr to undertake scientific & educational actions and services regarding the birds of Portugal and the Mediterranean,  in the areas of Ornithology and Conservation Biology.

Major goals of the LabOr include:

  1. R&TD projects and services
  2. Teaching and training activities conducted at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including master and doctoral thesis)
  3. Short plans carried out in 1st and 2nd Cycle Courses according to the Bologna Process
  4. Diffusion of scientific activities regarding the study of birds
  5. Production of educational outreach elements

The LabOr is a Qualified Entity (qualification code: 1757) by the Ministry of Economics & Innovation on the scope of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF/QREN).
This qualification allows LabOr to offer its services of Research, Development and Innovation to the business fabric (SMEs) in the area of Sciences and Technologies of the Environment.

Responsável: João Rabaça []


  • João E. Rabaça - Head of LabOr, Assistant Professor ( 
  • Ana Marques - Master in Nature Management and Conservation, Teammate (
  • Ana Mendes - PhD in Biology (
  • Carlos Godinho - PhD in Biology, Research fellowship (
  • Carla Azeda - PhD Student (
  • Fernando Goytre - Field Technician 
  • Inês Roque - PhD in Biology, Research Fellowship (
  • Nuno Faria - PhD in Ecology, Teammate (
  • Pedro Pereira - PhD Student (
  • Pedro Salgueiro - PhD Student (
  • Rui Lourenço - PhD in Biology, Post-Doctoral fellowship (

Contactos e Horário

LabOr – Laboratory of Ornithology

Department of Biology

University of Évora -Pólo da Mitra

7006-554 Évora | Portugal

Phone: +351 266 760 897




  • Environmental assessment studies: environmental impact studies and monitoring associated with highways, railroads, power lines, quarries, dams,  irrigation schemes, wind farms,  tourism projects, and golf courses.
  • Design, implementation and monitoring rehabilitation actions in riparian galleries, surface water bodies and quarries: evaluation of baseline, implementation of rehabilitation plans and monitoring.
  • Assessment of the potential for ornithological tourism: application of methodologies to aid decision making on the use of environmental tourism.
  • Birds as bio-indicators to assess the effect of management on aquatic and terrestrial habitats: farming systems, intensity of livestock grazing, forest pests.
  • Production of technical contents: addressed to managers of farming zones and forestry (including hunting areas) using birds as a model (i.e. transform data into management tools).


  • Production and dissemination of educational outreach elements: flyers, leaflets, information boards, environmental pathways and educational games.
  • Courses, seminars and conferences: lectures, short courses and thematic seminars.


  • Studies on the occurrence and distribution of birds: application of bird census with special emphasis on the following functional groups:  forest birds, steppe birds,  diurnal raptors,  owls, nightjars and aquatic birds.
  • Flora and vegetation and conservation status of habitats: application  of protocols for surveying environmental descriptors.
  • Studies on food habits: screening and prey identification in food remains of birds.
  • Ringing: birds of terrestrial ecosystems. The ringing technique brings important additions in studies of phenology, distribution and feeding habits of several species of birds.
  • Tagging and follow up of birds: capturing, tagging and radio-tracking birds. Data processing and analysis.

Research in LabOr develops mainly in four key lines:

  • Forest Bird Communities
  • Ecology Conservation and Rehabilitation of Watercourses;
  • Biology and Conservation of Birds of Prey;
  • Ecology and Conservation of Steppe Birds.