SAUDI ARABIA TOUR REPORT 29th April - 7th May 2023

Greater Hoopoe Lark
Greater Hoopoe Lark


After picking Peter up from the airport at 5am I collected the rest of the group and we headed an hour north to Rawdat Nourah, the alleged hotspot for Arabian Lark. Well, after spending 2 days in January and yesterday afternoon failing miserably to find one, I was amusingly optimistic about our chances today. The weather was clear, calm and bright, contrary to yesterday’s rain, wind, sandstorm and general dull weather. And we began at an area north of the road where I had found a pair of Red-necked Phalaropes yesterday, and luckily they were still present along with the same group of Little Stints, a Kentish Plover and Wood Sandpiper (unfortunately yesterday’s Curlew Sandpiper had departed overnight). Then things really kicked off as we walked along a line of very green and lush vegetation, finding an amazing bunch of northward bound migrants that must have been waiting for yesterday’s poor weather to clear. I mean there were groups of Willow Warblers, with a lone Chiffchaff tagging along but the best was yet to come. A large leafy tree held singles of Great Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler and a superb Barred Warbler and made for a fantastic sighing out here in the desert. Then a Common Whitethroat appeared, followed by 2 Red-backed Shrikes, 1 Daurian Shrike, 2 Greater Hoopoe Larks, 3 Bar-tailed Larks, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat, with Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters and several Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse flying over, quickly followed by 4 European Bee-eaters… Best of all a single Little Swift proved to be our rarest sighting so far. Phew!

  We then moved along a bit to some large trees where Common Redstart, Garden Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler and a pair of Eurasian Golden Orioles were found. Moving south of the road, crisscrossing the desert in search of Arabian Lark, we saw European Roller, more Red-backed Shrikes, a Lesser Grey Shrike, many more Greater Hoopoe Larks (21), more Bar-tailed Larks (17) and 12 Temminck’s Larks.

  In the mid afternoon we drove 50 minutes to Jebel Towki and found the scenery a refreshing change with rocky wadis, huge escarpments and nice scenery. In a roadside wadi we found Long-legged Buzzard, Desert Lark, Brown-necked Raven, more European Bee-eaters, Pale Crag Martins, Pallid Swifts, and a fine White-crowned wheatear. A nearby wetland held flocks of Western Yellow Wagtails, double figures of Red-throated Pipits, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper and even an Eurasian Whimbrel. Once it got dark we tried a spot of owling but failed to get any response from Pharaoh Eagle Owl..

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin


Back up to Rawdat Nourah for Arabian Lark, heading straight to the last sighting of this invisible species from the end of February this year. Another 5 hours of driving around continuously grilling every Bar-tailed Lark resulted in the ‘same old same old’ and feeling disgruntled and thinking I’m in the wrong job! We did get more Willow Warblers passing through the desert, followed by a Menetries’s Warbler and 2 Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robins, as well as a fine Montagu’s Harrier as well. So by lunchtime we headed back to the hotel in Riyadh, packed up after a bit of a rest and took our early evening flight to Al Baha excited about the prospective birding to follow....

Gambaga Flycatcher
Gambaga Flycatcher


Off early to Al Khairah Forest Park where Philby’s Partridge was scoped from the hillside above us. Several Arabian Waxbills were almost constantly on view, as were numerous Yemen Linnets, a few Arabian Serins, Yemen Thrush, and a pair of Little Rock Thrush. We followed this rush of activity with Arabian Wheatear, Ruppell’s Weaver, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting and a few Gambaga Flycatchers - all at our first stop. We checked out Wadi Shabraqah and other sites during the morning, seeing many of the same species including even closer Gambaga Flycatchers with one on a nest, and many Eurasian Hoopoes. Lunch in a scenic wadi saw us being joined by a Grey-headed Kingfisher, but we were losing a little optimism at our prospects of finding Arabian Grosbeak by now. And that was the whole point of us coming here rather than flying further south to Abha!

We then drove just under an hour to Thee Ain Ancient Village and picked up several new trip birds quite quickly: Black Scrub-Robin, Arabian Sunbird, Bruce’s Green-Pigeon, African Palm Swift, Arabian Babbler, Blackstart and some Tristram’s Starlings. Returning to Al Khairah Forest Park we nailed an Arabian Scops-Owl in daylight and heard several Abyssinian Nightjars on the slopes above.

arabian golden sparrow
Arabian Golden Sparrow


This was an epic day as we had a long drive to the coast and back up to the highlands in front of us, in order to try and connect with some very special birds. In the past couple of days news had come out of a colony of Arabian Golden Sparrows along the coast north of Al Birk – a good 3h 30mins drive away and nowhere near my intended route. Our day began on one of the higher reached of Khairah Forest Park where a particular hillside was alive with birds. We were still after Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak and were fortunate to find around 8 birds either feeding in the grass on the slope above us or flying along the wadi on the opposite side of the road. Apparently, according to our good friend Greg Askew of Saudi Birding, this is the highest total ever recorded in Saudi..! We were treated to several great perched views of this much wanted species over the course of an hour, along with Arabian Warbler, more Arabian Waxbills (where were you in January?!), Yemen Linnet, Arabian Wheatear, Little Rock Thrush, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting and all the other usual highland species. So by 6.45am we were finished and drove back to our great hotel for a quick breakfast before loading our luggage and setting out on what proved to be a 4 hour drive towards the coast. It was lucky we had such a good, comfortable SUV with a decent sound system to listen to music! Along the way we stopped at a huge reed-fringed lake where we discovered a colony of over 80 Squacco Herons nesting, as well as Glossy Ibis, Hamerkop, Western Reef Heron, several Whiskered and White-winged Terns, a Spotted Redshank, Pink-backed Pelican, Black-winged Stilt, Black Scrub-Robin and Nile Valley Sunbird.

By the time we reached the coast it was a very sultry 40 degrees centigrade but that proved to be a good thing as we found the previously reported Arabian Golden Sparrows coming to a drinking trough for goats and we must have had around 60 individuals that kept appearing from the nearby breeding colony about 300m away. Wow! We spent a great hour watching all of the activity before deciding the heat was too much and we retreated to our air-conditioned car. From here we drove down the coast a ways to the beach and parked under an awning for shade and ate our field lunch, whilst watching 3 Caspian Terns, 5 Brown Boobies, 5 Lesser Crested Terns, Sooty Gulls, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Sandplover and some other common shorebirds as well.

Leaving here we headed another 3 hours up into the cooler highlands to Tanomah and headed straight for Mahfar Tourist Park, seeing Abyssinian Roller and several White-throated Bee-eaters en-route. After ascending the escarpment along a very steep and winding road we eventually arrived at the park at 5.45pm and immediately began to scour the area for birds, seeing Gambaga Flycatcher, our first Arabian Woodpecker, Shikra, Alpine Swift, Long-legged Buzzard, Fan-tailed Raven, and at dusk the very obliging Arabian Eagle-Owl. At one point we even saw the eagle-owl hunting for frogs on the floor of the car park! A few Abyssinian Nightjars called in the distance but I was amazed to hear a Desert Owl calling from the huge cliffs in the distance as well. What an awesome day this was!

rufous-capped lark
Rufous-capped Lark


Just after first light we were in place at our viewing point in one of our favourite wadis, overlooking a nice habitat of rocky hills, scrub, Junipers and small pools. We spent the next hour watching a constant stream of activity beginning with a nearby Arabian Wheatear, followed by several Eurasian Hoopoes, a cracking little Scrub Warbler (buryi), 4 Grey-headed Kingfishers (one pair watched nest-building in a sandy bank), flyover Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, a close Arabian Woodpecker, stunning African Paradise-Flycatcher, Arabian Warbler, and several  Violet-backed Starlings.

A short walk into the wadi gave us a close Long-billed Pipit, Sand Martin, closer Violet-backed Starlings, Yemen Thrush, even closer Yemen Warbler, Gambaga Flycatcher, more Arabian Waxbills, Arabian Serins, Yemen Linnet and some Cinnamon-breasted Buntings.

Moving on to Mahfar Park we well and truly nailed African Pipit with stunning views, whilst some raptor watching proved to be successful with at least 5 Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Verreaux’s Eagle for Jonathan and a female Western Marsh Harrier. Other species included a large flock of European Bee-eaters flying around constantly during our visit, and all the usual commoner species.

Leaving here we returned to our nice hotel, collected our luggage and drove 90 minutes to Abha where we went straight to Habala for Rufous-capped Lark, many of which were seen amidst the rocky plateau. We also saw a few Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes here, as well as a pair of cracking Buff-breasted Wheatears. So not a bad day at all. We enjoyed a fine and lavish Arabian dinner tonight in a good restaurant right next to our hotel to round off the day’s events in fine style!

Streaked Scrub Warbler
Streaked Scrub Warbler


Began at Al Soudah Creek but couldn’t walk down into the wadi as it was flooded, so we stayed on the road and saw a few nice species including 5 Dusky Turtle Doves, a Bruce’s Green-Pigeon, African Paradise-FlycatcherYemen and Arabian Warblers, Gambaga Flycatcher, Little Rock-Thrush, and yet again, Arabian Waxbills. Moving on to another wadi a close and confiding Diderik Cuckoo was the highlight, but African Stonechat and 2 Buff-breasted Wheatears were also cool. We also called in to Abha Dam but it was very quiet, so we collected our luggage at the nearby hotel and drove just over 2 hours to Either Mangroves north of Jizan. Along the way we passed a small lake with 1500+ Cattle Egrets just stood around in the midday heat. At Either Mangrove Park we searched for the previously reported Wattled Starlings without luck, but found a good selection of migrants. Highlights include a Thrush Nightingale, 2 Barred Warblers and Icterine Warbler (a rarity here), with a fine supporting cast of 8 Red-backed Shrikes, several Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Red-throated Pipit and the only Ortolan Bunting of the tour. Moving on to Corniche Park we found another Thrush Nightingale, 6 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robins hopping around the lawns, African Pipit, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, many Red-backed, Lesser Grey and Woodchat Shrikes, and a few White-eyed Gulls were on the rocks along the shoreline with Heuglin’s and Baltic Gulls.

As it was only half an hour to our hotel in Abu Arish we drove there and checked-in before heading out immediately to Al Saad Lake, arriving just before dusk where we had crippling views of a Nubian Nightjar, which at one point was scared away by a Plain Nightjar that flew in and almost landed on top of it to round off a great day!

broad-billed sandpipers
Broad-billed Sandpipers
Black Scrub-Robin


We drove just 25 minutes to Al Saad Lake, one of the best birding sites in south-west Saudi Arabia at 5.15am and began scanning the southern end of the lake from a viewpoint. We had a nice view over several arms of the lake, which were all fringed by reeds and bushes. There were lots of new birds for the trip including Little Bittern, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Ferruginous Duck, Purple Heron, Red-eyed Dove, White-browed Coucal and several Nile Valley Sunbirds. With a supporting cast of Pink-backed Pelicans, Glossy Ibis, Spur-winged Lapwings, White-winged Terns, many Namaqua Doves, and other commoner species.

We then drove around trying to find other access points to different parts of the lake, which proved problematical to say the least as my intended route was flooded and impassable unless you had a dinghy! However, we did see our one and only covey of Helmeted Guineafowl, as well as several White-throated Bee-eaters, Bruce’s Green-Pigeon, more White-browed Coucals, several Black Scrub-Robins, Arabian Babbler, Zitting Cisticola, and many Graceful Prinias. Along the lake shore a Clamorous Reed Warbler was an expected find, but a migrating Marsh Warbler had us perplexed for a minute or two, and there were plenty of Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes dotted around the landscape.

We headed around to the northern shore seeing a Gabar Goshawk and Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark, but the water level was too high to find anything interesting around this part of the lake, although an Arabian Eagle-Owl at a day roost was pretty cool. With temperatures soaring to 41 degrees centigrade we returned to the hotel for lunch and a rest before checking out some fields this for tomorrow morning’s quail hunt. Along the way 2 White-tailed Kites, more White-throated Bee-eaters and a few Abdim’s Storks were seen.

Then we drove to Jazan Heritage Village for another cracking Saudi birding session. The first pools held 15 Crab Plovers, along with summer-plumaged Lesser Sandplovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Terek Sandpipers, and many Curlew Sandpipers in fine breeding refinery. A ‘Mangrove’ Reed Warbler gave itself up without too much hassle, 5 Pink-backed Pelicans and a Caspian Tern were also seen. A quick drive just around the corner and along the coast took us to a good seawatching point with a strong onshore breeze producing a stunning sighting of a Sooty Shearwater flying up the Red Sea, along with 50+ Common Noddy, 25 Brown Booby, many White-cheeked Terns, and surprisingly lots of Common Terns heading north.  An inland pool here also held Striated Heron, Eurasian Spoonbills and a Western Reef Heron as well.

crab plover
The awesome Crab Plover


At 5.45am we were stood in an open landscape of green fields at one of the many farms around Sabya, where we heard a few Harlequin Quails calling, and saw 3 flyover Black-headed Herons, a songflighting Singing Bushlark, African Palm Swifts, and a couple of Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse in flight as we drove there. Moving on to Sabya Pivot Fields there were numerous Black Scrub-Robins and Nile Valley Sunbirds. Then we visited Either Mangroves and nailed Mangrove White-eye (just an Abyssinian White-eye but it’s distinctive, lives in the mangroves year-round unlike the highland Abyssinian White-eye it is lumped in) and had further views of Mangrove Reed Warbler (avicenniae subspecies of Eurasian Reed Warbler), along with a Crab Plover, 2 Broad-billed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, Western Reef Heron and some other commoner shorebirds. In the park an Eurasian Golden Oriole looked odd in this desert environment, and there were a few Red-backed Shrikes, 15 Western Yellow Wagtails of various races (thunbergi and flava mainly), a few Spotted Flycatchers, a few Isabelline Wheatears, a Marsh Warbler, several Greater Whitethroats and a Red-throated Pipit. So we left here in the 42 degrees centigrade heat and returned to the hotel to shower, stopping to view a Crested Honey Buzzard en-route, and have lunch, before packing and heading back into Jizan where we’d be spending our last night.

We drove south of Jizan to JWTP Mangroves and enjoyed a cracking session of shorebird watching, where most of the birds were in fine breeding dress. At the first stop I drove out along a narrow track between tidal pools and we had birds either side of us. To our right we enjoyed a gathering of terns that held one small individual, which unfortunately turned out to be just a Little Tern, an Osprey flew in but I was mesmerized by the Crab Plovers that just looked so crisply black and white and we even saw one pair mating. Ooh err Mrs! Meanwhile, to our left was a large gathering of Lesser Sandplovers complete with bright red chest bands. There were also many stunning Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stints, and even the Common Ringed Plovers looked fantastic in the sunny weather.

Leaving here we drove a bit further down the road where a large gathering of Greater Flamingo’s usually hold some Lessers - well today they didn’t. A flock of 15 White-winged Terns were comprised of mostly breeding adults as well, and there was also Slender-billed Gull, Sandwich Tern, 2 Pied Avocets and all the regular shorebirds. We drove further out to the park along the beach where more shorebirds were seen, plus Greater Hoopoe Lark as well.

We ended the day back at Jazan Heritage Village scanning the Red Sea and enjoying 100+ White-cheeked Terns milling about, as well as several Common Noddy and Brown Booby before we headed to our posh hotel for an early finish.

barred warbler
Barred Warbler


Our last day in Saudi Arabia saw us visit Corniche Park just a couple of minutes away from our hotel. What a good move it turned out to be as we had an amazing session looking for migrants and found at least 3 Barred Warblers, Great Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, a few Garden Warblers, several Blackcaps, Greater Whitethroat (4), a Thrush Nightingale, Tree Pipit, Woodchat, Lesser Grey (3) and Red-backed Shrike (7). Seeing all of these migrants with 4 Abdim’s Storks patrolling the lawns and White-eyed Gulls out in the bay made for a great session. Returning to the hotel for breakfast we were amazed to see a few White-eyed Gulls loafing around our swimming pool…!


Afterwards we drove to a few sites around Jizan, notching up first class views of Crab-Plovers, a flock of 6 Broad-billed Sandpipers, Eurasian Curlew (trip tick), Terek Sandpiper, White-winged Terns and plenty of previously seen species. We returned to the hotel before 1pm, had lunch and a rest before leaving for the airport at 4pm and our flight back to Riyadh and the conclusion of a very successful tour. To have seen 194 species in 9 days in Saudi Arabia is pretty good going.



Garganey  Spatula querquedula

Northern Shoveler  Spatula clypeata

Ferruginous Duck  Aythya nyroca


Helmeted Guineafowl  Numida meleagris

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Philby's Partridge  Alectoris philbyi


Nubian Nightjar  Caprimulgus nubicus

Montane Nightjar (H)  Caprimulgus poliocephalus

Plain Nightjar  Caprimulgus inornatus


African Palm Swift  Cypsiurus parvus

Alpine Swift  Tachymarptis melba

Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus

Little Swift  Apus affinis


White-browed Coucal  Centropus superciliosus

Diederik Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx caprius


Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse  Pterocles exustus


Dusky Turtle Dove  Streptopelia lugens

Eurasian Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto

African Collared Dove  Streptopelia roseogrisea

Red-eyed Dove  Streptopelia semitorquata

Laughing Dove  Spilopelia senegalensis

Namaqua Dove  Oena capensis

Bruce's Green Pigeon  Treron waalia


Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus

Eurasian Coot  Fulica atra


Demoiselle Crane  Grus virgo

Common Crane  Grus grus


Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis


Greater Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus


Eurasian Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus

Pied Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta


Spur-winged Lapwing  Vanellus spinosus

Grey Plover  Pluvialis squatarola

Common Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula

Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus

Greater Sand Plover  Charadrius leschenaultii

Lesser Sand Plover  Charadrius mongolus


Eurasian Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus

Eurasian Curlew  Numenius arquata

Bar-tailed Godwit  Limosa lapponica

Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa

Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres

Ruff  Calidris pugnax

Broad-billed Sandpiper  Calidris falcinellus

Curlew Sandpiper  Calidris ferruginea

Dunlin  Calidris alpina

Little Stint  Calidris minuta

Terek Sandpiper  Xenus cinereus

Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus

Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos

Common Redshank  Tringa totanus

Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola

Spotted Redshank  Tringa erythropus

Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia


Crab-plover  Dromas ardeola


Brown Noddy  Anous stolidus

Slender-billed Gull  Chroicocephalus genei

White-eyed Gull  Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus

Sooty Gull  Ichthyaetus hemprichii

Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus fuscus

Heuglin’s Gull  Larus fuscus heuglini

Gull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica

Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia

Greater Crested Tern  Thalasseus bergii

Lesser Crested Tern  Thalasseus bengalensis

Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis

Little Tern  Sternula albifrons

Bridled Tern  Onychoprion anaethetus

Common Tern  Sterna hirundo

White-cheeked Tern  Sterna repressa

Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida

White-winged Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus


Sooty Shearwater  Ardenna grisea


Abdim's Stork  Ciconia abdimii


Brown Booby  Sula leucogaster

PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus

Eurasian Spoonbill  Platalea leucorodia


Little Bittern  Ixobrychus minutus

Black-crowned Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax

Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides

Western Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea

Black-headed Heron  Ardea melanocephala

Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea

Great Egret  Ardea alba

Little Egret  Egretta garzetta

Western Reef Heron  Egretta gularis


Hamerkop  Scopus umbretta


Pink-backed Pelican  Pelecanus rufescens


Osprey  Pandion haliaetus


Black-winged Kite  Elanus caeruleus

Crested Honey Buzzard  Pernis ptilorhynchus

Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus

Gabar Goshawk  Micronisus gabar

Shikra  Accipiter badius

Western Marsh Harrier  Circus aeruginosus

Montagu's Harrier  Circus pygargus

Long-legged Buzzard  Buteo rufinus


Arabian Scops Owl  Otus pamelae

Arabian Eagle-Owl  Bubo milesi

Desert Owl  (H)  Strix hadorami


Eurasian Hoopoe  Upupa epops


Abyssinian Roller  Coracias abyssinicus

European Roller  Coracias garrulus


Grey-headed Kingfisher  Halcyon leucocephala


White-throated Bee-eater  Merops albicollis

Arabian Green Bee-eater  Merops cyanophrys

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  Merops persicus

European Bee-eater  Merops apiaster


Arabian Woodpecker  Dendrocoptes dorae


Common Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus


Eurasian Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus


African Paradise Flycatcher  Terpsiphone viridis


Masked Shrike  Lanius nubicus

Lesser Grey Shrike  Lanius minor

Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator

Isabelline Shrike  Lanius isabellinus

Red-backed Shrike  Lanius collurio


Asir Magpie  Pica asirensis

House Crow  Corvus splendens

Brown-necked Raven  Corvus ruficollis

Fan-tailed Raven  Corvus rhipidurus


Greater Hoopoe-Lark  Alaemon alaudipes

Desert Lark  Ammomanes deserti

Bar-tailed Lark  Ammomanes cinctura

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark  Eremopterix nigriceps

Singing Bush Lark  Mirafra javanica

Crested Lark  Galerida cristata

Temminck's Lark  Eremophila bilopha

Rufous-capped Lark  Calandrella eremica


White-eared Bulbul  Pycnonotus leucotis

White-spectacled Bulbul  Pycnonotus xanthopygos


Sand Martin  Riparia riparia

Pale Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne obsoleta

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica

Western House Martin  Delichon urbicum

Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica

PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Streaked Scrub Warbler  Scotocerca inquieta buryi

PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow Warbler  Phylloscopus trochilus

Common Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita

Brown Woodland Warbler  Phylloscopus umbrovirens

PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Great Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Clamorous Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus stentoreus

Sedge Warbler  Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Common Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus scirpaceus avicenniae

Marsh Warbler  Acrocephalus palustris

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler  Iduna pallida

Icterine Warbler  Hippolais icterina


Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

Graceful Prinia  Prinia gracilis


Eurasian Blackcap  Sylvia atricapilla

Garden Warbler  Sylvia borin

Barred Warbler  Curruca nisoria

Lesser Whitethroat  Curruca curruca

Yemen Warbler  Curruca buryi

Arabian Warbler  Curruca leucomelaena

Menetries's Warbler  Curruca mystacea

Common Whitethroat  Curruca communis


Abyssinian White-eye  Zosterops abyssinicus

PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Arabian Babbler  Argya squamiceps


Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis

Violet-backed Starling  Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Tristram's Starling  Onychognathus tristramii


Yemen Thrush  Turdus menachensis


Black Scrub Robin  Cercotrichas podobe

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin  Cercotrichas galactotes

Spotted Flycatcher  Muscicapa striata

Gambaga Flycatcher  Muscicapa gambagae

Thrush Nightingale  Luscinia luscinia

Bluethroat  Luscinia svecica

Common Redstart  Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Little Rock Thrush  Monticola rufocinereus

Whinchat  Saxicola rubetra

African Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus

Buff-breasted Wheatear  Oenanthe bottae

Isabelline Wheatear  Oenanthe isabellina

Blackstart  Oenanthe melanura

White-crowned Wheatear  Oenanthe leucopyga

Arabian Wheatear  Oenanthe lugentoides

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Nile Valley Sunbird  Hedydipna metallica

Palestine Sunbird  Cinnyris osea

Arabian Sunbird  Cinnyris hellmayri


House Sparrow  Passer domesticus

Arabian Golden Sparrow  Passer euchlorus


Rüppell's Weaver  Ploceus galbula


African Silverbill  Euodice cantans

Arabian Waxbill  Estrilda rufibarba


Western Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava

Western Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava flava

Western Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava feldegg

Western Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava thunbergi

African Pipit  Anthus cinnamomeus

Long-billed Pipit  Anthus similis

Tree Pipit  Anthus trivialis


Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak  Rhynchostruthus percivali

Arabian Serin  Crithagra rothschildi

Yemen Linnet  Linaria yemenensis


Ortolan Bunting  Emberiza hortulana

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  Emberiza tahapisi

terek and curlew sandpipers
Terek and Curlew Sandpipers
red-necked phalaropes
Seeing Red-necked Phalaropes on a small pool in the desert was bizarre!
Pink-backed Pelican
Pink-backed Pelican and Eurasian Spoonbill from Corniche Park
arabian golden sparrow
Seeing Arabian Golden Sparrow was a major highlight of this fabulous tour