Birding Factoids

405 species
in 52 families

2 of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
3 endangered species

Checklist of Belgium BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information

Check this site for images of Birds of the Hesbaye Region of Belgium (bird names are not in English).
or check out Jean-Sébastien Rousseau-Piot's Digital Galleries to see some Birds of Belgium

Belgian Specialities
Eurasian Coot - Photo Copyright Erik Toorman
Photo Copyright Erik Toorman
    ....Where to find Birds in and around Brussels - by the Birding Work
      Group, Brussels. 
    ....The Zonien Forest - by Dirk Raes.
      One of Belgium's most important state-owned forests is situated about ten km south of Brussels.
    ....Bird and Birding Resources in Belgium - Compiled by Erik A. Toorman.
      This compilation aims at presenting an overview of all the Belgian bird and birding related resources on the web. Most material is only available in one (or more) of the official national languages (Dutch, French, German), which is indicated if no English text is available. But a great resource.
    ....Daily Bird News (and more) from the T'ween Waters Journal - This
      site covers bird (and some insect) observations in and reports from the southern region of East Flanders in Belgium. Our region is located between two famous rivers, the "Schelde" and the "Leie", both joining in the historic city of Ghent.   This is the reason why the observation diary is called "'t Ween Waters Journal", the 'waters' standing for the two rivers.
    ....Rare Bird Monitoring in Belgium - from Glenn Vermeersch of the
      Institute of Nature Conservation - a new website on birds, bird research and birdwatching in Belgium. The site's bilingual : dutch and english (click on the English page link in the bottow far right corner) and features information on rare and endangered species in Belgium as well as lots of photographs of eurasian species and recent distribution maps.
    ....Belgium - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes
      information on all Belgian Ramsar designated sites, including:
      • Vlaamse Banken
      • Schorren van de Beneden Schelde
      • Het Zwin
      • De Ijzerbroeken te Diksmuide en Lo-Reninge
      • Kalmthoutse Heide
      • Marais d'Harchies
    ....Sites d'observation - by the AVES Societe Ornithologique. A little
      something for the French-speakers!

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Belgian Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!

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Rare Bird Alert

         Belgium Birdline - (0)3-4880194 - international code (00)32 
         Belgian Birdline (in French) - ++32 (0)2-2459092
         Also see Rare Birds in Belgium, mounted by Jos Cuppens and 
      compiled by leading Flemish ornithologist Paul Herroelen


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European Endemics and Specialities

in Belgium

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Belgium. 

European Endemics in Belgium - No National Endemics

___ Citril Finch ___ Red-legged Partridge 
Endangered Birds in Belgium

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Corn Crake ___ Aquatic Warbler ___ Ferruginous Pochard

No Speciality Species

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