Birding Factoids

369 species
in 60 families

2 Arabian peninsula
endemics
10 speciality species
6 endangered species 
 

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As BirdLife International partners for Lebanon, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) is still at the very early stages of developing the Important Bird Areas survey and book. As in any third world country, the main constraint to working on nature conservation is financial. They are looking for volunteer experienced bird watchers for conducting the survey. They would also appreciate any donations of bird watching equipment (such as binoculars and telescopes) to allow them to equip some of our partners in the country. Contact Mireille Atallah-Augé, Project Development Officer, SPNL, for more information.
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Lebanon Specialities
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Cretzschmar's Bunting - Photo copyright Eric Kleyheeg
Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg
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    ....Birding in Lebanon - Lebanon is virtually a microcosm of the whole 
      world. This tiny country of 10450 km2 has a temperate Mediterranean climate dominated by two mountain ranges with a rift valley in between, running parallel to a 225 km sandy and rocky coastline. This site contains information on the following Important Bird Areas:
      • Palm Islands Nature Reserve (North Lebanon/ Tripoli) 
      • Horsh Ehden (Ehden Forest) 
      • Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve (Barouk Cedars) 
      • Ammiq Swamp (West Beqa'a Valley) 
      • Tyre (South Lebanon)
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    ....Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance -
      Lebanon. Contains information on:
      • Ammiq Wetlands
      • Deir el Nouriyeh cliffs of Ras Chekaa
      • Palm Islands Nature Reserve
      • Tyre Beach
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    ....Protected Areas of Lebanon - Prepared by Mirna El Souri. Written 
      records dating back 5000 years indicate that forests covered most of Lebanon. Today less than 7% of the country is forested, and what remains of its flora and fauna are under threat. To reverse this trend, the Lebanese government is developing a system of protected areas that link nature conservation with sustainable human development.
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    ....Notes on some breeding birds in Lebanon - by Ghassan and Mona 
      Ramadan-Jaradi - from the OSME website. Major changes in breeding status and distribution are provided for 26 species, based on fieldwork in 1995 96.  
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    ....Birds and Animals of Lebanon - Prepared by Mirna El Souri.

    Factoids from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Endemics and Specialities

in Lebanon

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.  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 Lebanon. 

 
Arabian Peninsula Endemics in Lebanon - No National Endemics
___ Crimson-winged Finch ___ Syrian Serin
Endangered Birds in Lebanon
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

None ___ Dalmation Pelican
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser Kestrel

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

___ Cretzschmar's Bunting
___ Finch's Wheatear
___ Graceful Prinia
___ Lesser Short-toed Lark
___ Little Bittern
___ Long-billed Pipit
___ Mustached Warbler
___ Orphean Warbler
___ Savi's Warbler
___ Sombre Tit

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