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Number of bird species: 415
National Bird: Sinai Rosefinch Carpodacus synoicus
Birds of Lebanon and the Jordan Areaby Vere Benson 8 colour plates. B/w drwgs, map, 218pp. 1970.
Birds of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and for Use in the Neighbouring Arab StatesS Vere Benson Paperback (February 1984) Internat. Cncl. for Bird Preservation
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Photographic Guide to the Birds of Israel and the Middle EastRichard Porter, David Cottridge Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 2000) New Holland Publishers (UK)
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The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of JordanIan J. Andrews Paperback (1995) Ian J. Andrews
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Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) is the BirdLife Partner
Jordan Bird records CommitteeWebsite
JBRC Recent Decisions (updated September 2001)...
Royal Society for the Conservation of NatureWebsite
Box 6354, Jubeiha-AbuNusseir Circle, Amman 11183 Jordan. + 962 6 5337931 email@example.com
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of nature is the power of one. Each animal, each bird, and each plant plays a key role in the cycle of nature. Likewise, each one of us can contribute to the protection of our environment.
Dana Wildlands ReserveWebsite
...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. And what is more, in healthy populations living in near-natural habitats...
Many of the birds for which the oasis was renowned are coming back and special boardwalks and bird hides have been constructed to enable visitors to see and enjoy them...
Wetland of International ImportanceWebsite
Jordan presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 7,372 hectares.
2001 [April] - Travelling NaturalistsReport
A leisurely breakfast and we departed at 08:30h, stopping first of all for a short walk along the Zarqa River. Two White-breasted Kingfishers immediately made their presence known from the Eucalypts across the river. We also quickly found Graceful Prinia, Ortolan Bunting and an Olivaceous Warbler in full song...
2001 [Autumn] - Mike Kilburn - Red rocks, pink birds and blue lizards: Jordan in early autumnReport
I was in Jordan on behalf of HKBWS for a BirdLife International workshop. The workshop was held at Wadi Dana Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, which is managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) – the BirdLife partner in Jordan. It perches on a promontory, 200 metres below the edge of a huge canyon (wadi in Arabic); several hundred metres deep, which stretched 60km to the lower Jordan Valley. The centre is right next to a village with a large spring and a couple of hectares of orchards. This provided some wonderful birding over the first week we were there...
2001 [September] - Mike Kilburn - Red rocks, pink birds and blue lizards: Jordan in early autumnReport
...There were good numbers of birds in the scrub oak and holly trees around the centre. These included migrant Northern Wheatears, a bewildering variety of resident Black-eared Wheatears, a highly elusive male Hooded Wheatear and a couple of pairs of the similar, but substantially more co-operative, Mourning Wheatear. Both sexes showed buff-tinged undertail coverts, slightly longer legs, a shorter bill and more rounded head than the low-slung and slimmer Hooded. A chestnut-capped Woodchat Shrike loitered in a tree right next to the rubbish dump and one morning a Blackstart from lower down the valley made a brief appearance...
2002 [March] - Günter KomarnickiReport
From April 3rd to April 12th the Institute for Medical Biology (University of Vienna, Austria) made a biological excursion to Jordan. Ornithological results are summarized...
2002 [March] - Ignacio YúferaReport
...Jordan proved to be an excellent destination for Middle East birding. The country is safe and beautiful, people are extraordinarily helpful and roads are generally good and well signposted in English as well as Arabic. Taking into account that in neighboring Israel the situation was the worst in many years, I never had the slightest problem...
2004 [April] - Christoph Haag & Cathy LiautardReport
Trip through the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey)...
2006 [April] - Erik ForsythReport
...An early start and we were soon at the Shaumari Breeding Centre for endangered mammal species of the Middle East. Our drive produced smartly plumaged Temminck's Horned Larks, several Eurasian Rollers and a Lesser Gray Shrike. At the centre we saw the stunning Scimitar-horned Oryx, Arabian Ass or Onager and Ostrich. Other birds around or nearby the centre included Long-legged Buzzard, a male Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Common Redstart, an immature Hooded Wheatear and flocks of Ortolan Buntings...
2007 [April] - Trude Starholm & Øyvind Hagen - 300 ClubReport
Compared to its neighbour Israel, Jordan is a country with relatively few visiting birders and during our stay we met only one. Apart from a ringing station at Azraq and a bird station under construction at Aqaba Sewage Plant there were few other signs of ornithological activity. The country should nevertheless be regarded as a first-class destination for birders with varied habitat types, some very spectacular locations and being situated very favourable in respect to migrating routes. We did see a total of 143 species during our stay which we found satisfactory considering we did not visit areas north of Amman nor did we find the time to do any serious birding by the Red Sea...
2007 [May] - Erik Forsyth & Cuan RushReport
On the first day of the tour, we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon birdwalk around our hotel grounds situated very close to the airport. The gardens are a mixture of exotic trees and flowers and a welcome stopover for migrant birds to refuel before the final journey to their breeding grounds in the north. The stroll around the grounds produced a stunning male Collared Flycatcher, Meadow Pipit, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, Lesser Whitethroat and a male Woodchat Shrike. In the evening we enjoyed the first of many great meals together...
2007 [November] - Ernesto OcchiatoReport
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2008 [April] - Keith Forsyth - PetraReport
An early start birding around our hotel produced good looks at both Mourning and a fine male Finch's Wheatear wintering here from the north, a female Montague's Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Linnet and Eurasian Greenfinch. After breakfast we headed for the city of Petra. Petra in Jordan is one of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and regarded as the most astounding ancient city left in the modern world...
2009 [May] - Markus LiljeReport
...Wadi An Sir was where we headed on the first morning in Jordan – what a great area it turned out to be. The greenery on the hills, combined with a variety of flowers was refreshing after weeks of mainly dry and dusty surroundings in Egypt. The area produced some wonderful sightings that included Syrian Woodpecker, Common Linnet, Eurasian Jay, Barbary Falcon and Cretzschmar’s Bunting...
2010 [April] - Mark BeeversReport
Wadi As Sir was where we headed on the first morning in Jordan. The green hills made a refreshing change after weeks of mainly dry and dusty surroundings in Egypt. The area produced some wonderful sightings that included Syrian Woodpecker, Common Linnet, Eurasian Jay and both Cretzschmar’s and Ortolan Buntings...
2010 [May] - David T. BellReport
If you plan to go birding in Jordan, be prepared, because it seems to be a destination that is just at the dawn of ecotourism. Also, be prepared to be disappointed...
2010 [November] - Alison & Colin ParnellReport
...We headed south towards Petra, taking in the Dead Sea and the crusader castle at Karak. On the way we added Blackstart, White-crowned Black Wheatear and a pair of Desert Larks. Incidentally, most of the White-crowned Black Wheatears we saw on the trip didn't have the white crown. We had hoped to find some waders at the salt pans on the Dead Sea but couldn't find a way into the pans. I have to admit that we didn't try very hard since scanning didn't reveal anything promising...
2011 [April] - Rosemary RoyleReport
...This was a combined birdwatching and sight-seeing trip, with the balance well in favour of birdwatching! We had been attracted to Jordan by the itineraries produced by Naturetrek (one of the few wildlife tour operators who visit Jordan), by the desire to see Petra and Wadi Rum...
2011 [April] - Thomas PetterssonReport
The main purpose of the trip was, as already mentioned, bird watching with the aim to see as many of Jordan’s breeding bird species as well as regular passage migrants. On top of the ‘wish list’ was Nubian Nightjar...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
Both countries are located on globally important routes for migratory birds – more than two thirds of the 470+ species recorded in Egypt are migrants. Our trip is timed to coincide with this amazing spectacle! We also hope to encounter a number of specialties. We combine the best of birds and history!
A 9-day holiday in search of the specialist mountain birds and migrants to be found in this dramatic country...
Rockjumper Birding ToursTour Operator
Our 3-day extension to Jordan includes a full day in Petra, the most astounding ancient city left to the modern world. Birding targets include Palestine Sunbird, Sinai Rosefinch, Syrian Woodpecker, Fan-tailed Raven, Sooty Falcon, Sand Partridge and Syrian Serin.
Bird-watchers from all over the world have started organizing week-long trips to Jordan to enjoy the sight of some rare species of indigenous birds...
Birdwatching in JordanWebsite
An excellent and growing resource for anyone interested in a visit to Jordan to watch birds...
Birdwatching in JordanWebsite
Bird-watchers from all over the World have started organizing week-long trips to Jordan to enjoy the sight of some rare species of indigenous birds and others that migrate annually between the northern and southern hemispheres...
See back issues for... The reserve itself is now situated along the eastern side of the main highway to Iraq. A collection of open water pools, meadows, marshes and silt dunes form one of Jordan`s most important ornithological sites. During spring and autumn migrations, in excess of 300 species have been observed, including 15 species of duck. Other visitors include storks, cranes, herons, falcons, hawks, swallows and wagtails.
Jordan Valley ProjectInformation
...In addition to resident species, the valley is host to a continual flux of migrating birds. At least 500 million birds of over 500 species pass through the Jordan valley in autumn and spring Many of these species breed in mid and Eastern Europe and a significant portion of their entire population pass through the region. Indeed, the entire population of some species such as the lesser-Spotted Eagle and the White Stork passes through the area twice a year...
The numbers of migrants have decreased as Azraq has grown drier, yet even today up to 220 migratory species continue to transit through Jordan on their journey north or south. The approximately 150 species which are indigenous to Jordan seem not to have been affected greatly by the great drought of the 1980s...
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