Bulletin 16 - March 1982: Preliminary List of Birds Breeding in the UAE and Offshore

Preliminary List of Birds Breeding in the UAE and Offshore

by J.N.B. Brown

The species number shown below is taken from "Birds Recorded in the United Arab Emirates", a list compiled by Mrs. F.E. Warr in 1978. This in turn was arrived at by numbering every species listed by K.H. Voous in his "List of Recent Holarctic Bird Species", Ibis 1973, issue 115: pp.612 - 638 and Ibis 1977, issue 119: pp. 223 - 250 and 276 - 406.

Voous No. Common Name Latin Name Year
  Zarqa (Zirku) Island    
64 Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus 1981
81 Socotra Cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis 1981
119 Reef Heron Egretta gularis 1981
313 Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 1981
571 Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii 1981
620 White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa 1981
622 Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus 1981
  Al Ain    
248 Egyptian Vulture Neophron pernopterus 1980
Turtle Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
Streptopelia turtur
990 Pale Crag-martin Hirundo obsoleta 1977
657 Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii 1979
838 Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis 1978
1572 Indian House Crow Corvus splendens --
469 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 1981
1493 Purple Sunbird Nectarina asiatica 1980
  Abu Dhabi and Surrounds  
302 Osprey Pandion haliaetus 1981
305 Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 1977
477 Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 1981
690 Palm Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 1980
712 Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri  
958 Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes 1980
1227 Graceful Warbler Prinia gracilis 1980
1571 Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficullis 1977
1587 Common Myna Acridotheres tristis 1979
1591 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 1981

Evidence and records of other birds nesting in the UAE would be welcomed. Substantiating the records of birds already listed above would confirm their status as breeding, where we only have records of young birds, not eggs, in the nest. This list has been compiled mainly from the records of the following observers: J.Stewart-Smith, W. Robertson, G.Miles (Dubai), R.O. King, J.M. & M. Hollingworth, A.D. Harris, T. & M. Giles, I. Fraser, J.N.B. Brown


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