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The birdlife of Eteläinen kaupunginselkä can be explored from hill of Suvilahti landfill, and from the bird tower hides of Ryövärinkari and Tuovilanjoki. During the migration of birds in spring and autumn for instance Anseriformes and Charadriiformes stop to rest and feed around Eteläinen kaupunginselkä. Great crested grebes, northern shovelers, greylag geese, common cranes, and wood sandpipers can be seen in the area.

In summer, the reed fields and riparian forests are inhabited by a diverse bird population. The reed fields are nested by for example the common reed bunting and the sedge warbler, and in lesser extent the common grasshopper warbler and the bearded reedling. Hazel grouses, Eurasian pygmy owls, wood warblers, Eurasian wrens, common blackbirds, thrush nightingales, and lesser spotted woodpeckers also live in the riparian forests. Horned grebes (Podiceps auritus), tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula) and lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) are some of the endangered species spotted in the area.