Birding Factoids

412 species
in 47 families

No endemic species
26 speciality species
4 endangered species 

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Jordan Specialities
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Pale (Sinai) Rosefinch - Jordan's National Bird - Photo copyright Trident Press
Photo copyright Trident Press

White-tailed Wheatear - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Pale Crag Martin - Photo copyright Trident Press

Photo copyright Trident Press

Water Pipit - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg
    ....Important Bird Areas in Jordan - Due to its location between Asia, the
      Arabian Peninsula, Africa and the Mediterranean region, and owing to its complex geology and great altitudinal range, Jordan contains a diversity of habitats ranging from Mediterranean evergreen woodland to stony and rocky deserts.
    ....Birding in Jordan - this excellent website by Ian Andrews will give you
      everything you need to know about Jordan birding, including information on key birding locations.
    ....Azraq Oasis - In the eastern desert close to the Iraqi border, 
      the Azraq Oasis was a traditional caravan stopping point. The oasis is an important stopping point by air as well as land. Each year flocks of birds visit Azraq during their annual migration, making this a must-see for any bird enthusiast. More information on the oasis.
    ....Bird-watching in Jordan - from the Royal Society for the Conservation
      of Nature. Jordan is becoming more and more popular with bird watchers. Its geographical location makes it possible to see birds from three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia; and the country itself has a remarkable variety of habitats, each with its own compliment of birds.
    ....The Wildlands of Jordan's Dana by Richard Porter. Dana is about
      a 2 hours drive south of Amman (on the Desert Highway is best) close to the small towns of Qadisayya and Buseirah. "As a naturalist, but particularly a birdwatcher, who has travelled extensively in the Middle East, I cannot recollect an area like the Dana Wildlands Reserve where in the course of about a 15 km stretch one can find such a representative selection of truly Middle Eastern birds, from mountain to desert species.
    ....Birding in Jordan - For the keen bird watcher there is a pleasing 
      variety of species present in Jordan. The habitats change from the open desert and its inhospitable wadis to the pine and oak forests of the hills and down into the sub-tropical Jordan Valley. In each place there are birds that are adapted to their environment. As well as the resident species, the Spring and Autumn brings large numbers of birds that migrate along one of the major routes between Europe and Africa.
    ....Nature Reserves in Jordan - The Royal Society for the Conservation
      of Nature has been given a mandate by the Jordanian Government to set up a network of protected areas. So far it has established six,  covering about 1000 square kilometers. 
    ....Wildlife in Jordan - by Chris Bradley. Pictures by R.F. Porter.
      Jordan is relatively small in area yet the tremendous variety of terrain offers visitors a great deal of nature and wildlife possibilities. Between the lowest point on the earth's surface and the lofty heights of the eroded sandstone peaks above Wadi Rum are climatic and geological differences suitable to a whole range of flora and fauna. The larger species are mainly concentrated into the three wildlife reserves of Azraq, Shaumari and Wadi Mujib.
    ....Trip Report: Syria & Jordan, May 8 - June 14, 1994 by Remco 
      Hofland. From 8 May until 14 June 1994 a friend and I made a 5-week journey through Syria and Jordan. Our main interest was to visit a number of historical sites, supplemented by some interesting bird areas. My friend wasn't a birdwatcher, but since I did all my birdwatching in sites that were scenically beautiful, he didn't mind.
    ....Trip Report: Eilat (Israel) and Petra (Jordan), December 24-31, 1996
      by Pierre Unge
    ....Israel (& Jordan) Trip March/April 1999 - by Teus Luijendijk. 
      From 28 March to 4 April 1999, I made a short birding trip to Eilat (Israel), with a one day visit to Wadi Rum (Jordan). The main purpose was birding. Eilat is probably the best place to be if you wish to study Western Palearctic (WP) migrants. The site offers good opportunities for watching raptor migration, for getting close views of all kinds of species of (esp. Sylvia) warblers, for watching large numbers of shorebirds, etc.
    ....Aquaba Petra Wadi Rum, Jordan Trip Report - November 5 - 14
      1999 by Jimmy McDonnell. The following is a birding summary of a ten day trip I took to Aqaba, Jordan the main focus of the trip was Scuba diving (but some birding was accomplished).
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    ....Trip Report: Some bird sites in Egypt and Jordan, by Anssi Kullberg.
      In this report I intend to very shortly sum up some experiences in certain places in Egypt, Israel, West Bank, and Jordan, concerning spots which are less frequently visited by most birdwatchers. These observations are all from January 2002. 
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    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Endemics and Specialities

in Jordan

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5, supplemented by material found in Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley. African speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Africa. 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 Jordan. 

 
Endemics in Jordan
None 
Endangered Birds in Jordan
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Lesser Kestrel ___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Imperial Eagle

Other Speciality and Spectacular Birds in Jordan
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Blackstart
___ Cinereous Bunting
___ Cream-coloured Courser
___ Dead Sea Sparrow
___ Dunn's Lark
___ Great Black-headed Gull
___ Greater Hoopoe-Lark
___ Hooded Wheatear
___ Hume's Owl
___ Masked Shrike
___ Menetries' Warbler
___ Pale Rosefinch
___ Palestine Sunbird
___ Red Sea Warbler
___ Red-rumped Wheatear
___ Sand Partridge
___ Sooty Falcon
___ Syrian Serin
___ Temminck's Lark
___ Thick-billed Lark
___ Tristram's Starling
___ Trumpeter Finch
___ Upcher's Warbler
___ Verreaux's Eagle
___ White-eyed Gull
___ White-throated Robin

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